Govt extends public transport ban till Apr 25, flights ban extended to Apr 30


Dhaka, April 11: The government has extended the ongoing ban on public transports on roads till April 25 in line with the extended nationwide general holidays to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.The Road Transport and Highways Division in a press release confirmed this on Saturday.

All goods-laden vehicles, vehicles running under emergency services, vehicles carrying fuels, medicines, perishable products, and relief materials would remain out the purview of the ban, it said.

It also said that no passenger could be carried on the goods-laden vehicles.

Earlier, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on March 24 said that no public transports would run on roads from March 26 to April 4 during the public holidays.

Later, the ban on public transports was extended till April 11.

Meanwhile, the authorities have extended to April 30 a ban on passenger flights, except the ones to and from China, amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in Bangladesh.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh or CAAB announced the decision on Saturday.

Chinese passenger flights, cargo planes, air ambulances, aircraft carrying aid, and emergency landing are out of the ban’s purview, according to CAAB spokesman Mohammad Sohel Kamruzzaman.

The ban will be effective on flights to and from 16 countries and regions – Bahrain, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines Managing Director Mokabbir Hossain said it also extended suspension on its domestic and international flight operations to April 30.

Earlier, the ban had been extended to Apr 14 from April 7.