Govt extends restrictions on public movement, activities until Aug 31

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:14, Aug 03,2020 | Updated: 01:17, Aug 05,2020


The government on Monday issued a fresh order extending its restrictions on public activities and movement across the country until August 31 in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The move came as the existing nationwide measures aimed at achieving similar end expired on Monday evening.

The Cabinet Division issued the notification mentioning that the restriction will continue from August 4 to August 31. Weekly holidays will also be under the purview of the restrictions.

The move of extending the restriction on public movement came at a time when people are rampantly moving around without wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

In the 10-point directives, the notification said that without any emergencies such as the need to purchase or sell products, including medicines, obtain medical services and movement to and fro workplaces and burial of the dead or related rituals, none will be allowed to go outside home from 10:00pm to 5:00am.

Everyone must wear face masks, maintain social distancing and follow health guidelines when outside home, the notification said.

It also warned that violators will face legal actions.

Markets, shops and shopping malls must be closed by 8:00pm while hand-washing facilities, sanitisers, vehicle disinfecting services must be ensured at the entries of shopping malls.

Government, autonomous and private offices, banks and financial institutions, trades and businesses, mills and industries and service sector institutions must follow the health directives issued by the Health Services Division while the vulnerable, sick and pregnant employees must refrain from joining workplaces.

Public transports and other modes of transports must follow the health guidelines issued by the Health Services Division.

No educational institution and coaching centre would be allowed to operate during the restriction.

Rallies, meetings, mass gathering, and any kinds of function will remain suspended during the restriction while people could offer their prayers at mosques and other places of worship maintaining the health guidelines issued by the religious affairs ministry and the health ministry.

To contain the spread of the coronavirus, restriction in the highly infection areas would be maintained implementing the zoning system.

City corporations would coordinate and ensure the imposition of restriction in the city areas and the district administrations will coordinate the overall activities outside the city areas.

Local government division, information ministry and religious affairs ministry, district or upazila administrations and health division will continue public awareness activities.

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