Only emergency service vehicles will be allowed to move through the roads while they are closed
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has decided to block traffic movement on major roads of the capital between 6pm and 6am to ensure strict enforcement of the weeklong lockdown.
“We will close major roads in Dhaka for 12 hours a day as per the government directive, so that no vehicles except for emergency services can ply the road during that time,” DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said on Monday.
On Sunday, the Cabinet Division issued an 11-point restriction on movement.
According to the gazette, movement will be restricted from 6pm to 6am, and no one will be allowed to go outside in this period except in case of emergencies, such as to buying medicine and daily essentials, for medical treatment and funeral arrangements.
However, the government will allow public, autonomous and private offices to operate with limited manpower in the day time.
“We have set up check-posts to monitor traffic as offices have been operating on a limited scale. People can use private cars, rickshaws and other vehicles, except buses and minibuses, during office time. We will strictly ensure that no one goes outside except in an emergency from evening to morning,” said the DMP commissioner.
“We have already instructed to start the process of blocking the roads,” he told Dhaka Tribune.
Faizor Rahman, additional deputy commissioner of DMP’s Dhanmondi zone, said: “We have fixed the major points to block. For example, Rasel Square, Newmarket, Shahbagh intersections will be blocked under Ramna zone.
“We will only allow emergency vehicles such as ambulances, fire service, and trucks with essential goods to move,” he said.
No one can pass the blockade without permission of the police, Faizor Rahman added.
The government announced a nationwide seven-day lockdown to curb the transmission of the deadly coronavirus from Monday, as there has been a record-breaking surge in Covid-19 cases for the past month in the country.
Health authorities reported 7,075 new Covid-19 cases and 52 deaths between Sunday and Monday morning.