The government has today enforced a weeklong countrywide lockdown restricting movement of people, public transport and other activities in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The Cabinet Division issued a notification on Sunday in this regard.
The curbs will remain in force from 6 am today till April 11 at midnight to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.
Bangladesh on Sunday recorded 53 deaths while 7,087 infections, the highest number of coronavirus cases in a single day since the pandemic.
The operation of public transport buses, trains and launches -- as well as planes will remain suspended during the period.
Markets, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants will also come under the purview of the restrictions.
In the meantime, traders staged demonstrations at different parts of the capital, including New Market and Mouchak, against the decision taken regarding the pandemic situation.
On Sunday Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the operation of public transport will remain suspended from today.
He also urged the people to wear masks and follow the health guidelines properly, Quader, AL general secretary, said the administration and law enforcement agencies and others concerned should be stricter to this end.
The notification mentioned that the operation of all kinds of public transport will remain suspended for a week. But cargo vessels, production systems and emergency vehicles will remain outside the purview of the ban. though restrictions will not be applicable for people going abroad and returning from abroad.
Vehicles of law enforcement agencies, emergency relief workers, health services, utility services, fire service, land and maritime ports, telephone and internet providers will be allowed to move.
All government, semi-government and autonomous offices can use their own transport to carry a limited number of employees to work stations only to perform emergency duties.
Production at factories and construction work will continue with their own transportation facilities of the organizations.
Citizens are ordered not to go outdoors from 6 pm to 6 am without any emergency like buying medicines and daily essentials, seeking medical treatment or burial of the dead.
Restaurants and food shops can supply foods but no dine-in facility should be available under any circumstances.
Daily essential commodities, including kitchen ingredients, can be sold in open places from 8 am to 4 pm. The kitchen market authorities or the local administration must ensure that the health guidelines are followed.
Shopping malls will be closed but e-commerce sites will be allowed to operate. The staff must follow the health protocols in running online trading and no customer should appear at the shop physically.