The decision comes to an effect following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement on Tuesday
The government has extended the ongoing nationwide shutdown for seven more days till April 11 to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The Ministry of Public Administration issued a circular in this regard on Wednesday, signed by Deputy Secretary Kazi Mohammad Saiful Islam.
The decision was made following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement on Monday.
Earlier on March 23, due to Covid 19, the government declared a nationwide 10-day holiday from March 26 to April 4, shutting down public and private offices except essential and healthcare facilities.
Limited public transport, financial services
During the holiday period, public transport has been limited and people have been advised to avoid public transport as much as possible.
Those using public transport at this time for emergencies must take necessary precautions to keep themselves safe from coronavirus infections. Drivers and their assistants must wear masks and take necessary precautions.
Bangladesh Bank is scheduled to issue instructions to continue banking services on a limited scale based on client requirements.
People can purchase essentials from bazaars, grocers, departmental stores, and pharmacies during the shutdown.
Emergency services including hospitals, medical and diagnostic centres, Fire Service and Civil Defence, and police stations, are exempt from the lockdown.
People have been asked not to step out of their houses unless absolutely necessary, such as for food, medicine, or funerals.