The government is phasing Bangladesh out of lockdown by reopening offices and resuming public transport services on a limited scale from May 31 until Jun 15 amid an escalation of coronavirus cases.
Offices and other workplaces will be allowed to operate in this period while public transit system will run in a reduced capacity subject to their compliance with several health and hygiene directives, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said on Wednesday.
“The shutdown won’t be extended. Economic activities will resume on a limited scale. At the same time, people must follow all the health guidance to ensure own safety,” he said. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the decisions and an official order will be issued on Thursday, the state minister said. “We are not opening everything, but on a limited scale,” he added. The elderly, those suffering from disease and pregnant women will not be allowed into the offices. “The decision to resume public transport services with a limited number of passengers was added by the prime minister after she gave the green light to reopening of offices from May 31 to Jun 15,” State Minister Farhad said on Wednesday night. “Vehicles can move all over the country since many people do not have private cars and need to travel,” he added.