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11:03 PM, April 23, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:06 PM, April 23, 2021

Govt likely to ease ‘lockdown’ after April 28

The restrictions on movement are likely to be relaxed to some extent from April 28, two weeks before Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of Muslims.

"But there has not been any final decision on it yet and it is not clear right now to what extent the restrictions will be eased. The decision will be taken on April 28," State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told UNB.

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"Even if the restrictions are relaxed, we'll have to properly maintain health guidelines and the government will ensure strict implementation of 'no mask, no service' policy," he said.

State Minister Farhad said maintenance of health guidelines will be ensured after shops and shopping malls open up from April 25.

"Covid-19 infections can be kept in check if all of us follow health guidelines, wear masks and maintain recommended physical distancing," he said. "We'll get a positive result if we follow the restrictions until April 28. We're focusing on health rules."

NO DECISION ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

When asked what the relaxed lockdown may look like, State Minister Farhad said, "The existing ones will be limited. There'll be guidelines for daily life."

A circular will be issued within April 28 on operation of offices.

The state minister said they are discussing the public transport issue.

"There hasn't been any decision yet. But once they resume, we'll ensure that health rules are strictly followed," he added.

A sudden rise in coronavirus infection and deaths prompted the government to initially issue an 18-point directive and then go for a weeklong lockdown from early April. But as it failed to achieve the expected results, the government went for 'strict lockdown' from April 11 and extended it to April 28.

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