The government has today enforced a weeklong countrywide lockdown restricting movement of people, public transport and other activities in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The Cabinet Division issued a notification on Sunday in this regard.
The curbs will remain in force from 6am today till April 11 midnight to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.
Bangladesh has so far reported a total of 637,364 corona cases and 9,268 deaths from the infection since the first case was reported on March 8 last year and the first death on March 18 in that year.
Bangladesh on Sunday recorded 53 deaths while 7,087 infections, the highest number of coronavirus cases in a single day since the pandemic.
As per the fresh move, the operation of public transport — buses, trains and launches — as well as planes will remain suspended during the period.
Markets, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants will also come under the purview of the restrictions.
Meanwhile, traders staged demonstrations at different parts of the capital, including New Market and Mouchak, against the government’s decision.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the operation of public transport will remain suspended from today.
He urged the people to wear masks and follow the health guidelines properly, Quader, AL general secretary, said the administration and law enforcement agencies and others concerned should be stricter to this end.
The notification mentioned that the operation of all kinds of public transport will remain suspended for a week. But cargo vessels, production system and emergency vehicles will remain outside the purview of the ban.
The restrictions will not be applicable for people going abroad and returning from abroad.
Vehicles being used by law enforcement agencies, emergency relief workers, health services, utility services, fire service, land and maritime ports, telephone and internet providers will be allowed to run.
All government, semi-government and autonomous offices can use own transport to carry a limited number of employees to working stations only to perform emergency duties.
Production at factories and construction work will continue with the own transportation facilities of the organisations.
Citizens are barred from venturing outdoors from 6pm to 6am without any emergency like buying medicines and daily essentials, seeking medical treatment or burial of the dead.
Restaurants and food shops can supply foods but no dine-in facility should be available under any circumstances.
Shopping malls will be closed but e-commerce sites will be allowed to operate. The staff must follow the health protocols in running online trading and no customer should appear at the shop physically.
Daily essential commodities, including kitchen ingredients, can be sold in open places from 8am to 4pm. The kitchen market authorities or the local administration must ensure that the health guidelines are followed.
Bangladesh Bank will issue directives on how to continue the banking services on a limited scale.