COVID-19: Seven-day lockdown begins Monday


Dailynewsun Desk:

The government on Sunday issued a notification for imposing lockdown from April 5 to April 11 to halt sharp rise of COVID-19 in the country.

According to the notification, movement of public transports — bus, train, launch and plane — will remain suspended while public and private offices and business establishments will be closed during the lockdown.

The government circular featuring 11 directives to be implemented during the lockdown and will remain in force from 6:00 am on April 5 to 12:00 pm on April 11.

The 11 directives are –

1. All public transport services (roads, railway and domestic flights) will remain suspended. However, the directive will not be applicable to goods-laden vehicles, production system and emergency services. Besides, this ban will not be effective on the person who is going abroad or returning from abroad. 

2. Offices, employees and transports involved in law and order and emergency services – relief distribution, health service, electricity, water, gas/fuel, fire service, activities at ports (land, river and sea), telephone and internet, telecommunication and other services will remain out of the purview of the restriction. 

3. All government/non-government/autonomous offices, courts and private offices can facilitate commute of their employees to work using their own transport on a limited scale. Industries and factories can do the same for their workers. Factories under BGMEA and the BKMEA have to take measures regarding field hospital/treatment for their workers.

4. None can go out from 6:00pm to 6:00am except for emergencies (medicine and daily essentials, treatment and burial/cremation etc).

5. Only sale and supply of foods (takeaway/online) can be operated by restaurants. None can eat food sitting in the hotel and restaurant. 

6. All shops, including shopping malls, will remain closed. But shops can continue wholesale and online services. In that case, they have to maintain health guidelines. 

7. Buying and selling of kitchen items and daily essentials will be done only in open spaces from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm following the hygiene rules. The authorities concerned and local administration will ensure the services. 

8. Bangladesh Bank will provide necessary directives to continue bank activities on a limited scale. 

9. The Armed Forces Department will take necessary measures to set up field hospital at a convenient location in Dhaka. Armed forces will take measures to establish field hospital in a suitable location in Dhaka.

10. District and field-level administration across the country will take effective measures to implement the directives and law enforcement agencies will intensify regular patrols.

11. Strict legal action will be taken against those who disobey these directives.