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Mobile courts in field to ensure health guidelines

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  • 14 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Mobile courts in field to ensure health guidelines

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Mobile courts comprising executive magistrates have started taking measures against the violators of health guidelines in the capital and elsewhere in the country in the wake of the fresh wave of coronavirus.

As part of ensuring health guidelines, including wearing face masks, the mobile courts were seen taking punitive measures in different parts of the capital, including Shahbagh, Shantinagar and Shegunbagicha areas, on Thursday.

The executive magistrates of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) are monitoring the implementation of health guidelines in compliance with the government directives.

As part of the move, a mobile court was held on Thursday noon in the capital's Shahbagh.

At that time, 11 people were fined a total of Tk 2,550 for not following hygiene rules, not wearing masks and hanging masks on their chin.

DMP Executive Magistrate Dr Sanjib Das conducted the mobile court. "People are still making excuses for not wearing masks," he told reporters.

“We are talking about keeping people aware as much as possible. I am advising them to follow the new government instructions and walk using the mask. I am warning people who do not follow the hygiene rules,” he said.

The executive magistrate said the DMP's mobile court would continue its drive to monitor health guidelines.

Amid the fresh wave of coronavirus, wearing face masks by people is also being ignored in many parts of the city streets, lane and by-lane and even other public gathering places though the government started imposing the 11-poing health guidelines from Thursday.  Many people were seen moving on different public gathering places, including streets, bus terminals and railway stations, on Thursday without wearing face masks.

Many people were seen keeping masks under their chins or around their necks. Some even simply tuck the masks in their shirt pockets.

While visiting different city points, including Gabtali and Mohammadpur bus stands, on Thursday noon, this correspondent saw that most of the bus drivers and their helpers were not wearing masks.

Some of the drivers had pulled these under their chins or had taken them off and were chewing paan (betel leaf) or smoking cigarettes.

The helpers had their masks in their hands, waving and summoning passengers.

While it is compulsory to wear masks in shops, shopping malls, markets, hotels and restaurants, many people are simply not bothered.

The fresh 11-point restriction, imposed by the government to prevent the highly contagious new African COVID-19 variant Omicron, began on Thursday.

The Cabinet Division issued a notification in this regard on Monday. In the fresh guidelines, use of face mask has been made mandatory in shops, shopping malls, bazaars, hotels and restaurants and all public gatherings. If anyone violates the rules, legal action will be taken against him or her.

All must use masks in offices and courts or outside of homes. If the health guidelines are not followed, mobile courts will have to be conducted across the country, the notification said.

Covid-19 vaccine certificates must be shown in taking food at restaurants or staying at hotels.

Without vaccine certificate, a student above 12 years will not be allowed to enter education institutions after the specific timeframe set by the Education Ministry.

Scanning facility must be increased at land ports, seaports and airports. Restriction must be imposed on the exits of crews of ships at ports. Only drivers of trucks will be allowed at land ports. The access of the visitors accompanying passengers must be stopped at airports.

Trains, buses and launches can carry passengers of their half capacity. The authorities will issue specific instructions in this regard with the date of implementation. Drivers and helpers of all types of vehicles must have COVID-19 vaccine certificates.

Home-bound passengers and other concerned must show COVID-19 vaccine certificates.

Imams will aware people concerned of the health safety guidelines and mask use in their sermons of Jummah prayers in all mosques. Deputy Commissioners and Upazila Nirbahi Officers will ensure this matter.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will take necessary publicity and other measures in accelerating COVID-19 vaccination and its booster dose inoculation.

In this regard, it will take assistance from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

All social, political and religious functions will remain closed at open space until further notice.

In case of any special situation created in any area, the local administration can take actions in consultation with the authorities concerned, the notification said.