Shutdown to be extended until May 30

Strict restriction on public transportation to continue, says state minister


The ongoing shutdown would be extended until May 30 as transmission of coronavirus continues to claim more lives and infect a larger number of people every day across Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed to extend the general holidays, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said yesterday (Wednesday).

A gazette notification in this regard will be issued soon, he said.

However, strict restrictions will be imposed on public transports, except emergency services, he said. No vehicle will be allowed to run on roads four days before Eid-ul-Fitr and two days after it.

On March 23, the government declared general holidays from March 26 to April 4 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Later, the holidays were extended five times to May 5.

A notification on April 25 included directive that all the ministries, divisions and their subordinate offices involved in providing emergency services will remain open on a limited scale during the extended general holidays.

On the same day, the Public Administration Ministry said government offices at division, district and upazila levels under 18 ministries and divisions will remain open on a limited scale.

The government closed all educational institutions and shut down rail, road, river and air communications to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus. Amid high risk of coronavirus transmission, some garment factories reopened on April 26 and factory owners claimed they were operating with workers available in Dhaka maintaining hygiene issues.

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