Staff Correspondent :
Dhaka – The government has decided to relaxed some of the measures it took more than two months ago to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, allowing public and private office to reopen on Sunday.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said the “general holiday” (the government coined the shutdown as holiday) will not be extended further.
The offices will initially reopen until June 15 on limited scale and they must follow the guidelines suggested by the health department, the junior minister said.
Bangladesh imposed the nationwide shutdown on March 26, eight days after first Covid-19 death was reported, and eventually extended until May 30. The country has still been reporting rise in the cases and deaths from the virus.
Health officials reported 38,292 cases of novel coronavirus with 544 deaths until Wednesday.
Long-haul buses, trains and ferry services will not reopen at the initial state. But some offices may arrange transports for their staff members.
The restriction on inter-district travel of people will remained suspended, and the authorities will ensure that the people are not traveling unless it is urgent. The schools will also remain shut.
Passenger flights can resume with the airlines strictly following the health guidelines, according to the minister.