General holidays underway in ‘red zones’ of 19 districts

The government has declared general holidays in some selected areas, identified as ‘red zones’, of 19 districts in the country owing to the presence of a good number of corona-infected patients.

To control the situation, the government has brought these places under this arrangement in three phases.
The public administration ministry on Tuesday issued a gazette notification announcing red zone areas in more four districts - Cox’s Bazar, Magura, Khulna and Habiganj and declared general holidays there.

Earlier, on Monday night, the government announced general holidays in red zones of Faridpur, Manikganj, Brahmanbaria, Narsingdi and Kushtia while in the first phase on Sunday, the government declared the same arrangement for the red zones in 10 districts, namely Chattogram, Bogura, Moulvibazar, Chuadanga, Jashore, Madaripur, Narayanganj, Habiganj, Munshiganj and Cumilla.

According to the gazette notification, with the fresh ones, the government has so far imposed shutdown in 45 areas under different districts to tame the corona infections.

In Cox’s Bazar, Cox’s Bazar municipality, Teknaf municipality and ward no 2, 5, 6 and 9 of Rajapalong union, Kotbari Bazar of Ratnapalong union, Balukhali and Thaingkhali Bazar of Palongkhali union under Ukhia upazila were declared red zone on June 20. The holiday in the afore-mentioned areas will remain effective from June 24 to July 11.

In Magura, Ekota Kancha Bazar under Magura municipality, adjacent to Dhaka-Jhenaidah-Meherpur highway and Khanpara and PTI Para areas of 4 no ward, south side from the Bhayana intersection, were declared red zone on June 21 whereas the general holiday will remain effective in these areas from June 24 to July 11.

In Khulna, ward no 17 and 24 of Khulna City Corporation and Aichgati union of Rupsha upazila came under red zone on June 22. The general holiday will remain in these areas from June 26 to July 16.

In Habiganj, Bahubal union of Bahubal upazila was declared red zone on June 18. It will remain effective for the next 21 days along with general holidays from June 24 to July 9.

It is mentionable that the general holidays will be applicable to the officials and employees working at all the government, semi-government, autonomous, semi-autonomous, statutory and non-government offices as well as organizations in these areas.
The emergency utility services will remain out of the purview of the holiday, the gazette notification said.
Besides, the employees who reside in the red zone areas but work outside will also get the holiday.