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Public transport suspended till April 11
Deshsangbad Desk
Published : Sunday, 5 April, 2020 at 1:05 AM, Update: 08.04.2020 3:20:45 PM

The government has decided to extend the suspension of public transport services until April 11, to curb the coronavirus outbreak across the country.

The Roads Transport and Highways Division issued a press release in this regard on Saturday.

At the same time, additional passengers will also not be allowed to commute on trucks or other goods-laden vehicles on the road during the period.

However, trucks and covered vans carrying medicines, emergency services, fuel, and perishable goods are exempted from the travel ban.

Meanwhile,Bangladesh Railway has no plans to open passenger train services until April 11, its Additional Director General (operation) Miya Jahan told Dhaka Tribune.

"As passenger trains can spread out coronavirus, the service will remain suspended until further notice,” he said.

On March 24, Bangladesh Railway suspended all passenger train service to curb coronavirus outbreak.

However, special train will be operated, if necessary, the ADG added.

On March 23, the government declared general holidays from March 26 to April 4.

On March 26, Bangladesh imposed a travel ban on all modes of transport – rail, road, air, and waterways, except for emergencies – across the country to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday (April 1), the ongoing nationwide shutdown was extended till April 11 to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The country’s Road Transport Act considers any motorized vehicle transporting paying customers as public transport.

Therefore, all commercial passenger vehicles such as buses, taxis, auto rickshaws, and other human haulers (such as Nasimon, Korimon) fall under the purview of the restriction. People can only move around using rickshaws as per the act.

Services available

People can purchase essentials from bazaars, grocers, departmental stores, and pharmacies during the shutdown.

Emergency services including hospitals, medical and diagnostic centres, Fire Service and Civil Defence, and police stations, are exempted from the lockdown.

People have been asked not to step out of their houses unless absolutely necessary, such as for food, medicine, or funerals.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said transportation for news and media outlets will be exempted from this decision also.

Deshsangbad/dt/fh/mmh


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