A record surge in fresh Covid-19 cases in the country has forced authorities concerned to close the Bangladesh National Zoo in the capital's Mirpur as well as Rangpur Zoo.
They will remain closed for visitors until further order, according to a decision taken by the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.
Fisheries Minister SM Rezaul Karim sought cooperation from all concerned parties in this regard, said a handout of his ministry today.
"We've decided to keep the National Zoo and Rangpur Zoo, which are under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, closed from today [Friday, April 2] until further notice so that the coronavirus infection does not increase due to the gatherings of visitors," he said.
The government is taking all possible steps to prevent the spread of the virus, said the minister.
On March 20, 2020 the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock closed down the National Zoo and Rangpur Zoo for the first time amid the Covid-19 pandemic to prevent transmission of the virus.
Later, the National Zoo was reopened for the visitors on some conditions on November 1, 2020 considering the entertainment issue, physical and mental wellbeing of the Dhaka city dwellers as well as the government's revenue loss, said the handout.