New directives for lockdown till May 5...

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New directives for lockdown till May 5

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 03:20 PM, 28 April 2021   Updated: 03:56 PM, 28 April 2021

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The Cabinet Division has issued a circular extending the current lockdown till midnight on May 5 (Wednesday). Meanwhile, the circular mentioned what can and cannot be done at this time.

A circular was issued by the Cabinet Division on Wednesday titled “Extension of time limit on overall activities and movement to prevent the spread of coronavirus-borne diseases”.

It said that considering the current state of the coronavirus, the period was extended from midnight on April 28 to midnight on April 5 by adding some more conditions to all previous restrictions and activities. 

The new directives are —

1. Anyone entering Bangladesh from India (excluding transportation of goods) by land, sea and flight is prohibited. However, only Bangladeshis whose visas have expired can enter Bangladesh with “special consideration” subject to obtaining permission or no-objection clearance from the Bangladesh High Commission in India. 

In this case, the Health Services Division, Public Safety Division, Security Services Division, Ministry of Shipping and concerned DCs will take necessary steps to strictly follow the hygiene rules and regulations given by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) regarding the 14-day quarantine of those entering Bangladesh.

2. Shops and shopping malls can be kept open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on the condition of following the proper hygiene. The management committee of the concerned market or organization including the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Labor and the concerned trade organization will take necessary steps regarding the observance of hygiene rules. Legal action will be taken against those who disobey the instructions.

3. The directions of the Ministry of Religious Affairs must be followed regarding the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr prayers.

4. Passengers from the Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia and China will be quarantined at home for 14 days with non-Covid-19 certified passengers with vaccination certificates. In that case, they have to inform the concerned police station about the arrival and quarantine.

5. Only non-Covid-19 certificate holders from the mentioned countries will be in the quarantine system directed by the government. They will be quarantined for 14 days in their own homes if the doctors agree to examine them within three to five days. However, even then they have to inform their respective police stations.

6. Passengers from other countries will stay in government-designated hotels for 14 days at their own expense.

With the new directives, the previously imposed directives will remain in effect. They are –

1. All public transport services (roads, railway and domestic flights) will remain suspended. However, the directive will not be applicable to goods-laden vehicles, production systems and emergency services. Besides, this ban will not be effective on the person who is going abroad or returning from abroad. 

2. Offices, employees and transports involved in law and order and emergency services - relief distribution, health service, electricity, water, gas/fuel, fire service, activities at ports (land, river and sea), telephone and internet, telecommunication and other services will remain out of the purview of the restriction. 

3. All government/non-government/autonomous offices, courts and private offices can facilitate commute of their employees to work using their own transport on a limited scale. Industries and factories can do the same for their workers. Factories under BGMEA and the BKMEA have to take measures regarding field hospital/treatment for their workers.

4. None can go out from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am except for emergencies (medicine and daily essentials, treatment and burial/cremation etc). However, going for vaccination can be done by showing the vaccination card. 

5. Only the sale and supply of foods (from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm and 12:00 am to 6:00 am) (takeaway/online) can be operated by restaurants. None can eat food sitting in the hotel and restaurant. 

6. All shops, including shopping malls, will remain closed. But shops can continue wholesale and online services. In that case, they have to maintain health guidelines. 

7. Buying and selling of kitchen items and daily essentials will be done only in open spaces from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm following the hygiene rules. The authorities concerned and local administration will ensure the services. 

8. Bangladesh Bank will provide necessary directives to continue bank activities on a limited scale. 

9. The Bangladesh Supreme Court will issue necessary directions to the courts.

10. District and field-level administration across the country will take effective measures to implement the directives and law enforcement agencies will intensify regular patrols.

11. The concerned district administration will coordinate the transport of agricultural workers in case of an urgent need to harvest Boro paddy. 

12. Ministry of Religious Affairs will issue guidelines on Jumma congregation (Friday prayer) and Taraweeh prayers following health rules

13. Strict legal action will be taken against those who disobey these directives.