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50pc seats vacant in public transport recommended, effective soon

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:53 PM, 4 January 2022   Updated: 08:45 PM, 4 January 2022

Health Minister Zahid Maleque- File Photo

Health Minister Zahid Maleque- File Photo

The government has decided to limit the number of passengers on public transport aiming to control the new variant of coronavirus 'Omicron'. At the same time, the opening hours of shops and shopping malls are also decreasing.

Health Minister Zahid Maleque said this while talking to reporters at the Secretariat on Tuesday.

"We have to stop coronavirus and omicron," he said. That is why some decisions are being taken. None will be allowed in public vehicles without a face mask. If anyone defies the rules while traveling on buses, trains and launches will be fined. It has been a tough decision.

The minister said it has been proposed to halve the number of passengers in buses and other vehicles. Wearing face masks is made mandatory while dining in restaurants and hotels. Both the shopkeeper and buyer will be fined if they defy the rule.

The health minister said the time limit for keeping shops and markets open would be reduced, adding that shops could be kept open till 8 pm instead of 10 pm. It has also been proposed.

Earlier, it was proposed to implement the new rules after 15 days but today I have proposed to implement it after seven days and the Cabinet Secretary also agree to my proposal, Zahid Maleque said.