‘Extension of restrictions will depend on COVID situation’...

‘Extension of restrictions will depend on COVID situation’

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:35 PM, 24 January 2022   Updated: 05:43 PM, 24 January 2022

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain; File Photo

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain; File Photo

When asked “whether the time limit for the restrictions will be extended or not”, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain today said that (restrictions) will depend on the COVID outbreak situation.

“Our aim is to make everyone wear masks. We want to overcome this time,” he said while talking to reporters at his office in the Secretariat in the capital on Monday.

Meanwhile, the government has imposed restrictions on keeping public and private offices and educational institutions open to prevent the transmission of the pandemic coronavirus, including Omicron.

Public and private offices cannot work with more than half of the manpower – the rest of them will work online or at the home office. The restriction has been imposed from Monday to February 8.

Besides, the educational institution was declared closed from January 21. All educational institutions will be closed till February 8.

Citing health experts, the State Minister for Public Administration said it (COVID infection) would continue to rise by mid-February. Everyone needs to be aware. We want to overcome this third wave as soon as possible. That is why everyone has to deal with the third wave by following the hygiene rules.

He said the work of implementing the issue of holding office with half manpower has started from Monday. Since we are in the third wave, we “had such instructions” in the first and second wave and we implemented them, as a result, we have practiced doing office work with half number.

Meanwhile, a notification was issued by the Cabinet Division on January 10 with 11-point restrictions, which came into effect from January 13.

The instructions 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.