Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will have the final say in this regard, says the state minister for public administration
The Bangladesh government plans to relax the restrictions on public movement across the country in phases from August 11, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain has said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to decide to what degree the restrictions will be lifted, and then a notification will be released, the state minister said while talking to the reporters at the secretariat on Sunday.
"A notification will be issued today [Sunday] or tomorrow [Monday] following the instructions of the prime minister. Our advice is to relax the lockdown gradually,” he said.
“It has to be considered which ones will be allowed to open and how much. Although the infection has decreased, the number of deaths is still high,” he added.
The decision to keep the economic activities going has been taken considering the needs of low-income people, the state minister said.
Later on Sunday, the Cabinet Division issued a circular allowing all offices, businesses, and factories to reopen from Wednesday, maintaining proper Covid-19 safety rules.
Mentioning that around 600 people have been vaccinated at each union under each district across the country during the first two days of the government’s mass vaccination program, State Minister Hossain said people who have to come out to conduct their businesses – vegetable traders, rickshaw pullers – have been prioritized for vaccine in the program.
People will have to strictly maintain hygiene and social distancing rules, he added.
Bangladesh has been under a strict lockdown since July 23, which was supposed to end on August 5, but was later extended till August 10.