by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh has decided to reopen its major tourist sites, which was shut due to a nationwide lockdown to curb the spike in novel coronavirus infections, from August 19, the government said on Thursday.
Tourist sites, resorts, community centers and entertainment centers will be allowed operations at half their capacity, according to a notification issued by the Cabinet Division considering the country’s overall economic situation.
It added the nationwide operations of public transportation service will also resume from that day provided that they maintain proper health guidelines against the virus.
The decision will remain effective until further notice.
But the State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said the government may reintroduce the restrictions if the Covid-19 situation worsened further.
Earlier on August 11, the government partially lifted the restrictions imposed more than a month ago allowing reopening on the offices, shopping malls and resuming public transportation services.
The shutdown was relaxed for nine days during the Muslims Eid-al-Adha festival before it was re-imposed for two weeks up to August 5 and later extended until August 10.
Bangladesh has so far reported more than 1.3 million cases of novel coronavirus infections and 23,998 deaths since the pandemic began in March last year.