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Coronavirus: Wearing masks compulsory during Eid shopping

  • Published at 01:06 pm May 6th, 2020
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People buy face masks from a street vendor in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Business centres, shops and shopping malls will open from May 10 in a limited scale

Wearing masks has been made compulsory for both buyers and sellers in shops during Eid shopping to avoid the coronavirus infection. 

The Home Ministry Public Security Department sent a letter on Tuesday to the inspector general of police, director generals of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard and Ansar and VDP on how the businesses will operate ahead of Eid.

The letter said the government has decided to keep business centres, shops and shopping malls at different districts and upazilas of the country open from May 10 in a limited scale. 

Haat-bazaars, business centres, shops and shopping malls will remain open from 10:00am to 4:00pm. However, hawkers or temporary shops on footpaths and open spaces will not be allowed.

Every shop must follow the health guidelines announced by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, including the use of hand sanitizers before entering a shop, the letter added.

Moreover, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked to put up a banner in front of every shop with the warning “There is a risk of death if you do not follow the health guidelines.”

In every metropolitan area and district town, the police commissioners, deputy commissioners and police superintendents concerned will discuss and divide the zones as required for the convenience of buyers and sellers, the letter added.

Besides, communication at inter-upazila and inter-district level should be strictly controlled. In other words, the people from one upazila will not be able to move to another upazila and the people of one district will not be able to move to another district.

No one can come out of the house between 8pm to 6am unless there is an emergency.

However, transportation of emergency services, agricultural products, food items, export items, medicines, etc. will continue on the roads and waterways.

All types of educational institutions and social events will remain closed during the upcoming Eid holidays. Everyone should stay in their respective areas or workplaces and refrain from traveling to other districts or upazilas.

The letter asked every member of the law enforcement agencies to perform their duties with caution, considering the health risks.

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