Monday, June 15th, 2020

Decision changed:General holiday only in red zone

Published 10:48 pm | June 15, 2020

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Online desk ; The government has announced general holiday in only red zone areas to control further spread of deadly coronavirus in the country.

Besides, all offices and officials of those offices in the yellow and green zones will remain open on a limited scale until June 30 following the health guidlines set by the government.

The Cabinet Division on Monday issued an order in this regard.

At first, an order was issued to bring the red and yellow zones under the general holiday, the Cabinet Division changed the decision at night.

After the end of 66 days’ general holidays since March 26, the government ordered opening of the offices on May 31 on a limited scale while operations of public transport resumed on June 1.

UNB adds: According to the directives, all government offices, non-government, autonomous, private offices and their employees and staffers under ‘red’ zone will be under general holidays and the Public Administration Ministry will take necessary measures in this regard.

The life and livelihood, movement of people in red, yellow and green zones under Bangladesh Risk Zone-Based Covid-19 Containments implementation Strategy guide, provided by Health authorities will be strictly controlled.

A standard operating procedure should be made for testing samples of a patients suspected to be infected by Covid-19, Covid, non-covid health service protocol, quarantine, isolation, ambulance service, movement of people, movement of vehicles, economical activities, food and medicine supply, food and relief assistance for destitute people, maintaining law and order situation, financial assistance, banking and financial services. Ministry and vision concerned will take necessary steps in this regard.

City Corporations authorities will implement overall activities under their areas while district administrations will monitor the process outside the city corporation areas.

Local government organisation, district and upazila administrations, health department, law enforcing agencies will implement the directives in a coordinated way.

Public representatives, Parliament members, political leaders and volunteer organisations will be connected in the process.

Government and private offices under green zone will be opened on a limited scale under their self management. No one will be allowed to leave their workplace during this period.

Those who are sick and pregnant have been discouraged to attend offices.

No one will be allowed to go out of his/her home from 8pm till 6am without emergency work (emergency purchasing, work place, medicine purchasing, treatment, and burial process).

People will have to maintain health issues when going out for emergency work or they would face legal action.

All have to abide by the directives provided by the Health Department during this period.

Health safety a must

Social and physical distancing must be ensured while going out to purchase essential items. Authorities concerned have to take measures for ensuring sanitisation at the entrances of the shops and supermarkets.

All shops and markets should be closed down around 4pm.

Vehicles and workers employed at various emergency services will be out of the purview of the directives. Besides, goods-laden vehicles and cargo vessels will be allowed to ply as usual.

Those who are engaged in processing of agricultural products, insecticides, foods, industrial goods, kitchen markets and pharmacies will remain out of the restriction, said the directives.

Physicians, health workers, vehicles for transporting medicines and other medical equipment, and media people will remain out of the purview of the directives.

Organisations involved in producing and marketing medicine and agriculture, export-import activities can open their factories after ensuing safety and health issues of the workers.

Educational institutions will remain closed, it said.

Bangladesh Bank will provide directives to open banking systems.

Public transport, river vessels and railways and flights can be operated on a limited scale after ensuring health issues.

All kinds of public gatherings, meetings, and programmes will be restricted and limited number of people will be allowed to perform prayers at mosques as per the directives of the Religious Affairs Ministry.

Some areas of the two city corporations in Dhaka, Chattogram, Narayanganj, Narshingdi and Gazipur districts have been marked as ‘Red zones’ to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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