Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 12 April: Bangladesh has issued a set of new lockdown rules shutting all offices and public transports for a week from Apr 14.
The government, however, allowed factories to remain open during the weeklong lockdown, according to a notice issued by the Cabinet Division on Monday.
The new lockdown that comes with stricter rules will be effective from the morning of Apr 14 to the midnight of Apr 21.
The government has ordered a shutdown of all shopping malls and shops to curb the spread of the coronavirus infections. Restaurants will be allowed to take orders online or provide takeaway services on specified time slots.
NEW LOCKDOWN RULES IN DETAIL
• All government, semi-government, autonomous and private offices will be closed. Employees must not leave their stations. The ban will not be applicable to airport, land ports and maritime ports and their offices.
• Factories will remain open, provided they follow strict health protocols. The authorities should arrange their own transport for their workers to commute.
• Bangladesh Supreme Court will issue the necessary directives for the trial courts across the country
• All public transports, including road transport, trains, water transports and domestic flights will be suspended. The ban will not be applicable to cargo transports, production systems and emergency vehicles.
• Vehicles serving law-enforcement agencies, emergency relief efforts, health services, COVID vaccination, utility services, fire service, private security, postal service, land and maritime ports, telephone, internet providers will be allowed to run.
• Citizens are barred from going out without an emergency, such as buying medicines and daily staples, seeking medical treatment or the burial of the dead. People are allowed to visit the vaccination centres to get the shot, but they must carry their vaccination cards.
• Hotel and restaurants will remain closed but can only supply food from 12 pm to 7 pm and 12 am to 6 am. Shopping malls and stores will remain closed.
• Daily staples, including kitchen ingredients, can be sold in open places from 9 am to 3 pm. The kitchen market authorities or the local administration must ensure that the health rules are followed.
• District administration will coordinate the transportation of farmworkers for emergency needs for harvesting Boro paddy.
• District and local administrations will take necessary measures to implement the directives, while the law enforcement agencies will strengthen patrolling.
• The DGHS director-general will provide the necessary power of attorney to the district administration and the police department to take legal action on its behalf.
• The Ministry of Religious Affairs will issue necessary guidelines to perform Jummah and Tarawih prayer congregations following the health rules.
• Related ministries or departments may issue additional directives, if needed.