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Inter-district travel opens amid extended Covid-19 restrictions

  • Published at 01:28 pm May 23rd, 2021
Gabtoli rajib dhar
File photo: Passengers board a bus at Gabtoli bus terminal in Dhaka on Monday, June 1, 2020 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Curbs on public transports ease as government extends ongoing Covid restrictions

The government has eased curbs on long-haul public transports allowing operators to resume services after keeping it suspended for nearly seven weeks.

In a notification on Sunday, the Cabinet Division said that public transports will be allowed to carry passengers at half the capacity.

Passengers, drivers and their assistants must wear masks and follow health safety rules, it said.

The suspension on long-haul services has been withdrawn after nearly seven weeks of restrictions amid calls by transport owners and workers.

The Cabinet Division said on Sunday the ongoing countrywide restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus have been extended till May 30 midnight.

Also Read - Covid: Bangladesh again extends restrictions on public movement till May 30

This year, the government initially imposed restrictions on public movement on April 5 and extended it till May 16 in phases.

Until the new announcement, the restrictions were effective till May 23.

The services of public transports have remained suspended since April 5 following the government's order. 

Although the government allowed intra-district bus services ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, long-haul services remained suspended.

However, Eid holidaymakers remained apathetic about the restrictions as they rushed out of capital Dhaka ignoring health safety guidelines triggering a fear of fresh surge in Covid infections.

The government, in the meantime, has extended restrictions on the movement of passengers through land ports with India, up to May 31, as India's surge in coronavirus cases continues.

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