Vaccine certificate to be required for bus riding
Published: 09:00 PM, 3 August 2021
None can get on the bus without showing a COVID vaccination certificate; File Photo
The government has extended the ongoing strict restrictions for another five days till August 10. However, from August 11, there will be some changes in the restrictions. Public transport is likely to continue from that day. Some special restrictions have also been added to it. None can get on the bus without showing the COVID vaccination certificate.
The decision was taken after an inter-ministerial meeting to review the coronavirus situation at the Cabinet Division at the Secretariat in the capital on Tuesday, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said.
Bus drivers and helpers have also been instructed to get vaccinated from their respective wards. Besides, passengers over 18 must carry the COVID vaccination certificate.
Let’s say 100 buses come to Dhaka every day from Gazipur. From August 11, around 30 to 50 buses will ply daily, said AKM Mozammel Haque. “What plying today will not running tomorrow.”
The local administration will fix this in consultation with transport owners and workers leaders, he also said.
“Launches, steamers and trains will also run in the same rotation mode,” said the Liberation War Affairs Minister.
“If someone makes a movement without a vaccine after August 11 will face punishment,” the minister said, adding everyone has to take the vaccine jab.
Vaccines will be given in 14,000 centers. Even if “the law is not passed, the power to punish will be given by issuing an ordinance”, said Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister said “everyone should wear a mask”, it is very important to maintain physical distance. It needs to “empower the police” to enforce it properly – so that those who do not wear masks can be fined. This will require an ordinance. “There were discussions, we will make the decision quickly,” he added.
From August 8, citizens over the age of 18 will also be able to register. Besides, those who are now 25 years old can also register for the coronavirus vaccine.