Cabinet issues 5 ‘emergency directives’ to tackle COVID...

Cabinet issues 5 ‘emergency directives’ to tackle COVID

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:39 PM, 21 January 2022   Updated: 01:27 PM, 21 January 2022

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The Cabinet Division has issued five emergency directives to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak. The directive was issued on Friday.

The new imposed directives are –

1. All schools and colleges in the country will be closed from January 21 to February 5.

2. Universities will take similar measures in their respective fields.

3. State, social, political, religious gatherings and ceremonies cannot be attended by more than 100 people. In this case, those who will join must have a COVID vaccination certificate or a negative certificate of PCR test done within 24 hours.

4. Officers/Employees in Public-Private Offices, Industrial Factories must obtain COVID Vaccine Certificate. The concerned authorities will bear the responsibility in this regard. 

5. Masks must be ensured in all kinds of public gatherings including markets, mosques, bus stands, launch docks, railway stations. The administration or law enforcement will monitor the matter.

Earlier, on January 10, a notification was issued by the Cabinet Division with 11-point instructions. 

The 11-point directives are – 

1. Mask use has been made mandatory in shops, shopping malls, bazaars, hotels and restaurants and all public gatherings. If one violates the rules, legal action will be taken against him or her.

2. All must use masks in offices and courts or outside of homes. If the health guidelines are not followed, mobile courts will have to be conducted across the country, the notification said.

3. COVID-19 vaccine certificates must be shown in taking food at restaurants or staying at hotels.

4. Without a vaccine certificate, a student above 12 years will not be allowed to enter education institutions after the specific timeframe set by the Education Ministry.

5. Scanning facility must be increased at land ports, seaports and airports. The restriction must be imposed on the exits of crews of ships at ports. Only drivers of trucks will be allowed at land ports. The access of the visitors accompanying passengers must be stopped at airports.

6. Trains, buses and launches can carry passengers of their half capacity. The authorities will issue specific instructions in this regard with the date of implementation. Drivers and helpers of all types of vehicles must have COVID-19 vaccine certificates.

7. Home-bound passengers and others concerned must show COVID-19 vaccine certificates.

8. Imams will aware people concerned about the health safety guidelines and mask use in their sermons of Jummah prayers in all mosques. Deputy Commissioners and Upazila Nirbahi Officers will ensure this matter.

9. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will take necessary publicity and other measures in accelerating COVID-19 vaccination and its booster dose inoculation. In this regard, it will take assistance from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

10. All social, political and religious functions will remain closed at open space until further notice.

11.  In case of any special situation created in any area, the local administration can take action in consultation with the authorities concerned, the notification said.