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DMP: Superstores, kitchen markets to close by 5pm

  • Published at 07:03 pm April 11th, 2020
Dhaka kitchen market
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A total 482 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Bangladesh, so far, including 30 deaths as of Saturday

Police in Dhaka have ordered all kitchen markets and superstores to close their businesses by 5pm every day during the ongoing government-enforced shutdown to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, pharmacies and emergency services are exempted from the order, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner (media) Masudur Rahman.

“Kitchen markets and superstores will remain open between 6am and 5pm, while grocery shops and departmental stores in all neighbourhoods can be open from 6am to 2pm,” he said.

The DMP on April 6 ordered all kitchen markets and superstores to close their businesses by 7pm every day, and now they have brought the closing time ahead by another hour in an effort to further minimize the time people spend outdoors.

A total 482 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Bangladesh, so far, including 30 deaths as of Saturday.

The government has been enforcing a countrywide general holiday to encourage people to stay at home and maintain social distancing in order to help prevent spread of the Covid-19 infection. 

The countrywide shutdown began on March 26 and was originally supposed to end on April 4, but has been extended three times: first till April 11, then April 14, and now till April 25.