Stiffer lockdown extended until May 5

The current lockdown has been extended by another week up until May 5 to contain the surging transmission of coronavirus, says a gazette notification issued by the government on Wednesday.

Public-private offices will remain closed and public transport will remain suspended, except for the emergency services. Garments factories, however, will remain open, said the notification. 

The gazette included a few additional directives imposing restrictions on people’s movement alongside the existing ones. 

Travellers from India will not be allowed to enter the country through the country's land, river and air ports. Only Bangladeshis, whose visas have expired can enter the country on special consideration through permission clearance from the Bangladesh High Commission in India. The concerned authorities and ministries will ensure that they follow the health guidelines. 

Vehicles carrying goods and essentials will be out of the purview of the restrictions.

Shops and malls will be allowed to stay open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. maintaining health safety guidelines. Legal action will be taken if hygiene-rules are violated.

Eid-ul-Fitr prayers will be held according to the directives of Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Passengers returning from Middle East, Singapore, Malaysia and China having vaccination certificates and Covid-19 negative certificates can quarantine for 14-day at their homes after informing the concerned police station about their arrival and quarantine period.

Passengers returning from the above-mentioned countries, only having Covid-19 negative certificates, have to stay under government management. They will be allowed to go home after 3-5 days and stay in 14-day home quarantine after doctors give permission following tests. They too must inform the respective police stations.

Passengers from other countries will have to stay in 14-day quarantine at government-designated hotels at their own cost.

State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said on last Monday that the overall situation in India was devastating and it could spread to our country. Public health experts also suggested that the ongoing crisis may continue for another week considering the overall corona situation. That is why the government has decided to extend the lockdown for another week, added the minister.

The government-imposed restrictions on public movement and gathering including public transport for seven days from April 5. Later it was extended for two more days. As the situation got out of control, another lockdown was enforced from April 14 to 21 with stricter restrictions. It was later extended to April 28. However, some of the restrictions were lifted on shops and malls.