The government has issued a notification relaxing the ongoing lockdown ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. Public transport movement, opening of shops and shopping malls have been allowed to conduct all activities in accordance with strict hygiene rules. Restrictions will be relaxed from midnight on July 14 to 6 am on July 23.
The notification again imposed strict restrictions from 6 am on July 23 to 12 pm on August 5. And all industries will be closed during this period.
This information was revealed in the notification issued by the Cabinet Department on Tuesday (July 13).
In the announcement of relaxation of restrictions, it is said that all the restrictions imposed from the midnight of July 14 to 6 am on July 23 have been relaxed in the interest of keeping the holy Eid-ul-Azha celebration, public transportation, pre-Eid business and trade, socio-economic condition and economic activities normal. However, at all times the public must remain vigilant and strictly follow hygiene measures, including wearing masks.
In view of the situation of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infection, the notification has also informed that strict restrictions will be imposed again from 6 am on July 23 to 12 pm on August 5 by attaching 23 conditions.
The 23 conditions are strict restrictions
1. All government, semi-government, autonomous and private offices will remain closed.
2. Public transport (including domestic flights) and all types of vehicles by road, rail and waterways will remain closed.
3. All shops including shopping malls/markets will remain closed.
4. All tourist centres, resorts, community centers and entertainment centers will remain closed.
5. All industries will be closed.
6. Public gatherings such as social (post-marriage functions (Walima), birthdays, picnics, parties etc.) political and religious rituals will be closed.
7. Bangladesh Supreme Court will issue necessary instructions regarding the courts.
8. Bangladesh Bank/Financial Institutions Department will issue necessary instructions to ensure the services of Banking/Insurance/Financial Institutions.
9. Government employees will stay at their respective workplaces and complete office work virtually (e-documents, e-tendering, e-mail, SMS, WhatsApp and other mediums).
10. Law and order and emergency services, such as agricultural commodities and inputs (fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, agricultural machinery etc.), transportation/sale of food grains and food items, relief distribution, health services, Covid-19 vaccination, National Identity Card (NID) Activities, Revenue Collection Activities, Electricity, Water, Gas/Fuel, Fire Service, Telephone & Internet (Government-Private), Media (Print & Electronic Media), Private Security, Postal Services, Banks, Visa Activities, City Corporation / Employees and vehicles of offices related to municipal (cleanliness, road lighting management etc. activities), social security programs, pharmacies and pharmaceuticals and other urgent/essential goods and services will be allowed to travel subject to presentation of institutional identity card.
11. The finance department will issue necessary instructions regarding keeping the accounting officer's office open at the divisional, district and upazila levels.
12. Trucks/lorries/covered vans/vessels/freight rail/ferry engaged in transportation of urgent goods shall be exempted from the ban.
23. Ports (air, sea, sea and land) and their respective offices shall be exempted from this ban.
14. Raw materials and daily necessities can be bought and sold from 9 am to 3 pm in accordance with hygiene rules. The relevant trade organization, market authority, local administration will confirm the matter.
15. Except for urgent needs (purchase of medicines and daily essentials, medical services, burial/charity etc.) one cannot go out of the house in any way. Legal action will be taken against the violators.
16. Travel for vaccination can be done subject to presentation of vaccination card.
17. Food shops, hotels and restaurants can sell food (online/takeaway) from 8 am to 8 pm.
18. International flights will continue to operate and passengers traveling abroad will be able to travel by car on presentation of their international travel ticket/certificate.
19. The Ministry of Religious Affairs will issue instructions regarding prayers in mosques following hygiene rules.
20. The Armed Forces Department will deploy the required number of troops to ensure effective field level patrolling under the 'Army in Aid to Civil Power' provision. The District Magistrate will contact the local army commander to confirm the matter.
21. The District Magistrate will hold a coordination meeting with the concerned officials at the district level to determine the jurisdiction, procedure and timing of Army, BGB/Coast Guard, Police, RAB and Ansar recruitment and patrolling. Also, if any special activities are required locally, take action in that regard. The concerned Ministry/Department will provide necessary instructions at the field level in this regard.
22. The Ministry of Public Administration will ensure the appointment of the required number of Executive Magistrates at the field level.
23. Under the 'Infectious Diseases (Prevention, Control and Eradication) Act, 2018', the Director General of the Department of Health will empower the district administration and the police force to take legal action.
The seven-day strict restrictions started from 6 am on July 1 as the number of coronavirus infections increased at an alarming rate. The restriction was till July 7 midnight. Later the period of restriction was extended for another seven days i.e. till July 14 midnight. And today a notification was issued informing about the decision to relax the restrictions during Eid and to impose strict restrictions again later.