The authorities took the decision after locals started flocking the shopping malls and business establishments without maintaining social distancing rules, raising the risk of further spread of coronavirus
Three days after reopening, the local administration closed down all the shopping malls and business establishments in Manikganj and Tangail from Wednesday, Thursday respectively as part of the fight against coronavirus transmission.
In Manikganj, Deputy Commissioner of the district SM Ferdous came up with a public notice in this regard on Tuesday.
After the reopening on May 10, the administration noticed that people started flocking the shopping malls and business establishments without maintaining social distancing rules raising the risk of further spread of coronavirus.
Reviewing the situation, the local administration decided to close all the shopping mall in the town.
According to the notice, in the last three days, the authorities concerned found shoppers and shopkeepers largely reluctant about maintaining social distancing rules in defiance of the government instruction.
Under the circumstances, the local administration has decided to close all the shops, shopping malls, markets and business establishments from Wednesday, considering the safety of people.
Meanwhile, in Tangail, the district authority also has taken the same approach after most of the buyers and sellers seemed reluctant to maintain the social distancing rule implemented upon them in the last four days.
All kinds of shopping malls and business establishments except pharmacies, medical centres will be closed from Thursday, stated a public notice signed by Shahidul Islam, deputy commissioner of the district.
Although the vendors, sellers, shopowners expressed their frustration over the order the local residents of Tangail welcomed the DC’s decision over the matter.
The government has recently allowed businesspeople to keep shops and shopping malls open for six hours from 10am to 4pm every day from May 10, subject to maintaining health guidelines during the general holidays.
Amid the surging new coronavirus cases, the government extended general holidays until May 16. The government also decided to keep shut all the educational institutions in Bangladesh until May 30.