Govt not to extend holidays, to allow limited operation of public transport

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 18:44, May 27,2020 | Updated: 22:42, May 27,2020


Bangladesh government will not extend the ongoing general holidays, aimed at curbing the transmission of coronavirus, beyond May 30, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told UNB on Wednesday.

A gazette notification would be issued on Thursday in this regard, he said, adding that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had already signed it.

The government also decided to allow limited operation of public transport, the state minister said.

‘The prime minister informed about the decision at night,’ he said, adding that a gazette notification would be published on Thursday.

Public transports – buses, trains and vessels – would have to maintain health guidelines, Hossain said.

‘The district administration will ensure that health rules are being followed,’ he said.

The state minister said all public, private and autonomous offices could be opened in a limited scale from May 31 to June 15 but everyone must follow the 13 health directives issued earlier.

Pregnant women, the elderly and the sick were asked to refrain from attending offices during this period. ‘All ministries and offices will remain open but they will operate in a limited scale,’ Hossain clarified.

He said that educational institutions would remain closed till June 15 but online classes to continue. Markets and shops would remain open from 10am to 4pm but they must follow health guidelines.

Airlines can operate flights under their own management following health guidelines.

Farhad Hossain clarified that the directives would remain in force until June 15. ‘A new gazette notification will be issued after this period,’ he said.

Public transports were shut after the government announced general holidays from March 26 to contain the transmission of coronavirus.

The government first announced the holidays on March 23, five days after Bangladesh reported its first coronavirus death.


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