Amid the growing concern over the Coronavirus’ new Omicron variant, the government has imposed restrictions on public movement and other activities like operating public transport at their half capacities.
The Cabinet Division issued the notification on Monday which will take effect on January 13 and will remain in force until further notice.
In an effort to slow the virus transmission, the government took the decision after observing the outbreak of Omicron variant of Coronavirus and the overall Covid situation in the country.
The restrictions include:
• All kinds of public gatherings, including social programmes, political and religious events will remain suspended until further notice.
• People have to wear masks everywhere, including shops, shopping malls, markets, hotels and restaurants. Otherwise, s/he will face legal action.
• The mask use should be ensured in all places, including offices and courts, and mobile court drives will be conducted to prevent the violation of health guidelines.
• People should show their Covid-19 vaccination certificates while taking food in restaurants and staying in residential hotels.
• Students above 12 would not be allowed at the educational institutions without having Covid-19 vaccination certificate after a designated date to be fixed by the Education Ministry.
• Increasing the number of screening at all ports, including land-ports, airports and maritime ports. The crewmembers of ships should not be allowed to go outside while arriving at a port while only truck drivers are allowed to enter land ports with trucks. Besides, visitors along with foreign-bound passengers should not be allowed to enter airports.
• Public transport, including buses, trains and launches can operate at half of their capacities while drivers and helpers of all modes of vehicles should have Covid-19 vaccination certificates.