Transports, offices to resume from May 31


Dhaka, May 28: The government has issued a gazette notification allowing limited operation of public transport and offices from May 31 to June 15 amid the coronavirus outbreak.Public Administration issued the gazette on Thursday.

It said public transports – buses, trains and vessels – will have to maintain health guidelines.

All government, semi-government and autonomous offices will resume under self-management but ailing staff and pregnant women have been asked to refrain from joining work, the notification said.

Everyone has to wear face masks and strictly follow 13-point health directives.

During the period, all officials are directed not to leave the work stations.

Public transports were shut after the government announced general holidays from March 26 to contain the transmission of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the government has permitted markets and shops to remain open from 10am to 4pm on condition that they follow health rules.

But educational institutions will remain closed during this period.

The health authorities announced detection of 2,029 new patients in the last 24 hours, raising the total cases to 40,321. Fifteen more people died from coronavirus during this period, taking the death tally to 559.

Bangladesh reported its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18.

The government shut down public transports and all non-essential services as it announced general holidays from March 26 to curb the transmission of coronavirus. Educational institutions were closed shortly after the virus was reported in Bangladesh.