The prime minister gave the directive while addressing a videoconference with the deputy commissioners (DCs) and officials of 17 districts under Khulna and Barisal divisions
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed countrymen to celebrate Pohela Boishakh, the Bengali New Year, with their family at home.
"Celebrate the Bengali New Year with your family members at home. Do not go outside. All outdoor programs scheduled to celebrate the day have been cancelled. No one will create any gatherings on that day," the premier said.
The prime minister gave the directive while addressing a videoconference with the deputy commissioners (DCs) and officials of 17 districts under Khulna and Barisal divisions.
The videoconference began from her official residence Ganabhaban in Dhaka around 10am on Sunday.
She said: "Keep your own locality safe and don’t allow outsiders to enter. Moreover, don’t be outside without any reason. We don’t know who is carrying the virus.”
The prime minister urged people to postpone their plans to visit their relatives until the coronavirus situation improves.
“We shutdown everything when it was necessary. Educational institutions were closed earlier. Because of this, businesses are suffering. We are providing incentives to help them.
"We declared a countrywide holiday to save the lives of the people,” she added.
At the same time, the premier also said no big gathering will be allowed to observe Mujibnagar Day in Meherpur district on April 17.
Pohela Boishakh is celebrated on April 14 while Mujibnagar Day, the day on which the Liberation War time Mujibnagar government took oath, is observed on April 17.
The prime minister also directed the deputy commissioner of Meherpur to ensure that no one from outside the district is allowed to take part in any Mujibnagar Day program on April 17.
"We observe the day every year, but this time we will not create a public gathering. We can do that if the situation improves.