All kinds of industries including ready-made garment factories will remain close during the 14-day strict lockdown that begins on July 23 after the Eid-ul-Azha festival holidays.
It was stated by State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain while addressing a function of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Chuadanga on Saturday (July 17).
The government has been imposing restrictions in phases since April 5 to bring coronavirus infection under control. Besides, the local administration imposed special restrictions in different parts of the country where coronavirus infection went up. Despite all the initiatives, both infection and death from Covid–19 continues to increase. In such a situation, the government imposed a nationwide 7-day strict lockdown from July 1 at the recommendations of the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19 to curb the surge. As the infection became widespread, the government later raised the lockdown till midnight on July 14. However, the situation could not be brought under control.
In such a situation, the government has announced relaxation of restrictions for eight days from Thursday (July 15) to July 22. The Cabinet Division issued an order on Tuesday in this regard.
It was stated in the order that all kinds of restrictions were relaxed from 6:00am on July 15 to 6:00am on July 23. The decision was taken for the sake of the celebration of Eid-ul-Azha, movement of people, pre-Eid trade and commerce, and country’s socio-economic situation. The previous restrictions will become effective again from 6:00am on July 23 after Eid holidays to midnight on August 5.
The newly issued order also states that all government and private offices, shopping malls, shops, public transports, industries, mills and factories along with garment factories will remain close.