Strict lockdown is starting across the country from 8 am on Friday to tomorrow (Thursday, July 22) at midnight. However, the government is calling it strict lockout not lockdown. As a result, according to the pre-announced date, strict restrictions will start from tomorrow, July 23. Which will continue till August 5.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain advised not to be misled by any rumors about the lockdown and said strict restrictions would be imposed from Friday. Earlier, many would like to return to Dhaka on Thursday. Those who can’t come should stay where they are during the lockdown.
He said the period of relaxation of restrictions is no longer increasing. Strict restrictions will start on July 23 and will continue till August 5. If we abide by the restrictions for these 14 days, we will be able to break the chain of infection.
Earlier, a notification regarding restrictions was issued by the Cabinet Division on July 13 at noon.
All government, semi-government, autonomous and private offices will be closed at this time. Public transport (including domestic flights) and all types of vehicles will be closed on roads, railways and waterways. All shops including shopping malls / markets will be closed.
All tourist centers, resorts, community centers and recreation centers will be closed. All kinds of industries will be closed.
Public gatherings are such social [বিবাহোত্তর অনুষ্ঠান (ওয়ালিমা), জন্মদিন, পিকনিক, পার্টি ইত্যাদি], Political and religious ceremonies will be closed. The Bangladesh Supreme Court will issue necessary directions to the court. Bangladesh Bank / Financial Institutions Department will issue necessary instructions to ensure the services of banking / insurance / financial institutions. Government employees will be stationed at their respective workplaces and will carry out office work virtually (e-documents, e-mail, SMS, WhatsApp and other means). Law and order and emergency services, such as agricultural products and materials (fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, agricultural machinery, etc.), transportation / sale of food grains and foodstuffs, relief distribution, health services, vaccination of Covid-19, issuance of National Identity Card (NID), Revenue Collection Functions, Electricity, Water, Gas / Energy, Fire Service, Telephone & Internet (Public-Private), Media (Print & Electronic Media), Private Security, Postal Services, Banks, Visa Activities, City Corporations / Municipalities (Cleaning, street light management, etc.), Social Security programs, pharmacy and pharmaceuticals and other essential / essential goods and services related to the employees and vehicles of the office will be able to travel subject to the display of institutional identity card. The Finance Department will provide necessary instructions to keep the office of the Accounting Officer open at the divisional, district and upazila levels. Trucks / lorries / covered vans / boats / freight trains / ferries engaged in the transport of emergency goods will be exempted from the ban. Ports (air, sea, sea and land) and related offices will be exempt from this restriction.
Raw market and daily necessities can be bought and sold from 9 am to 3 pm in accordance with the hygiene rules. The concerned trade organization / market authority / local administration will confirm the matter.
No one can go out of the house in any way except for urgent needs (purchase of medicines and necessities, medical services, burial / burial, etc.). Legal action will be taken against those who disobey the instructions. Subject to display of vaccine card, travel can be made for vaccination. Food shops, hotels and restaurants will be able to sell food (online / takeaway) from 8 am to 8 pm. International flights will continue and passengers traveling abroad will be able to travel using their vehicles by showing their international travel tickets / proofs. The Ministry of Religious Affairs will issue instructions regarding prayers in mosques following health rules. Under the ‘Army in Aid to Civil Power’ provision, the Armed Forces Department will deploy the required number of troops to ensure effective patrol at the field level. The District Magistrate will confirm the matter by contacting the Local Army Commander. The District Magistrate will hold a coordination meeting with the concerned officers at the district level and determine the jurisdiction, method and time of recruitment and patrol of Army, BGB / Coast Guard, Police, RAB and Ansar. In addition, if there is a need for any special activities locally, he will take steps in that regard. The concerned ministry / department will provide necessary instructions in this regard at the field level. The Ministry of Public Administration will ensure the appointment of the required number of executive magistrates at the field level. Under the Infectious Diseases (Prevention, Control and Eradication) Act, 2018, the district administration and police to take action. Give the force the necessary power to take legal action.
Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.
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