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Strict lockdown extended for another week, circular issued

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:52 PM, 20 April 2021   Updated: 02:48 PM, 20 April 2021

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Seven more days have been added to the week-long strict lockdown that has been going on across the country since April 14 to prevent coronavirus infection. With this, the strict lockdown will continue till April 28.

Cabinet Division issued a gazette notification to extend the lockdown for another week on Tuesday afternoon.

The previous directives have been enforced in the circular.

The directives 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.

Meanwhile, people of 18 professions can move without the ‘Movement Pass’ of the police. 

According to the police headquarters, the movement pass is not required for the people of 18 professions. They can come and go to the workplace just by showing their identity card.

Those who are exempt from the restrictions –

1. Doctor
2. Nurse
3. Medical staff
4. People involved in COVID vaccine/treatment/staff
5. Banker
6. Bank’s other staff
6. Journalist
6. Media cameraman
9. Telephone/internet service worker
10. Private security guards
11. Officers/employees involved in emergency services
12. Office-going government officials
13. Workers/employees involved in the factories/garments
14. Members of law enforcement forces
15. Members of the fire service.
16. Postal workers
17. Person/officer involved with electricity, water, gas and fuel
18. Port-related person/officer