In an effort to prevent the transmission of Coronavirus and improve the current situation in Bangladesh, the government has issued a notification imposing restrictions on the movement of people and other activities for seven days from Thursday.
The Cabinet Division issued the notification on Wednesday which will remain in force from 6 am on July 1 till 12 am on July 7.
According to the gazette, all the government non-government, autonomous and private offices will remain closed during the period.
All modes of public transport, including those of road, river, railway and air, will remain suspended during the lockdown. All the shopping malls and markets will also remain closed.
Other lockdown rules
All the tourist spots, resorts and community centres will remain closed while all kinds of public gatherings, including social programmes, birthday and picnic parties, political and religious events will remain suspended until further notice.
The Bangladesh Supreme Court will issue a separate notice on operating court activities while the Bangladesh Bank will issue separate directives to ensure banking services.
The offices, staffers and vehicles of the organisations providing emergency services, including law enforcement, agricultural products (fertilizer, seeds, pesticides, machinery), crops, food-laden vehicles, relief distribution, health services, health workers involved in mass inoculation, power, water, gas, fire services, port activities, media (print and electronic media), telephone, private security services, and bank, pharmacy and postal services will remain out of the purview of the restriction, and their staff and employees can move showing ID cards.
However, the restriction will not be applicable for carrying goods, emergency services and production.
But the offices related to air, maritime and river and land ports will remain out of the preview of the lockdown.
Industries and factories will remain open subject to maintaining health protocols.
Kitchen markets and shops with daily essentials will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm, and customers can purchase their goods following health safety protocols.
Local administrations and the authorities concerned will ensure it.
No one will be allowed to go outside except for certain emergency needs (to purchase medicines, daily essentials, to take medical services and burial/ cremation of dead bodies, taking Covid-19 jabs etc). Legal action will be taken against those who are found involved in violating the restrictions.
Hotels and restaurants can operate from 8 am to 8 pm with takeaway/online services only.
Those who need to take vaccines can move after showing a vaccine card.
International flights will operate during the lockdown and the passengers going abroad can be allowed to move after showing their air tickets.
The Religious Affairs Ministry will issue separate notices on performing prayers in compliance with health guidelines.