Bangladesh extends restrictions till May 23 to contain Covid-19

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:41, May 16,2021 | Updated: 23:27, May 16,2021


The Bangladesh government has extended the ongoing restrictions on public movement and overall activities by another week from May 16 midnight to May 23 midnight to contain the spread of Covid-19.

The Cabinet Division on Sunday afternoon issued a circular to the effect as tens of thousands of left cities including the capital for village homes ignoring the restrictions and fear of virus infections as well to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr held on May 14.

All government and non-government offices, except those providing emergency services, would remain closed during the time, according to the government order issued earlier.

All government offices involved in revenue collections have been included in the emergency services through the latest circular.

Restaurants would be allowed to sell food for takeaway or online during the time, said the circular.

The Cabinet Division on April 4 issued an 11-point instruction restricting public movement outside home between 6:00pm and 6:00am without an emergency, closing all markets and shopping malls, banning the operation of all modes of public transport, including domestic flights, limiting the banking hours and the selling time at kitchen markets and shops of essentials between April 5 and April 11.

 The restrictions were extended later in phases and, lastly on May 5, and the government extended the restrictions till May 16, relaxing flight operations.

The government, however, this time has allowed intra-district movement of buses while a ban on inter-district buses has remained in force.

 The government allowed opening of shops and shopping centres from April 25 ahead of Eid.

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