Shops, malls to reopen from April 25

The government has decided to allow the shops and malls across the country to reopen from April 25 amid the strict lockdown, enforced to control the spread of coronavirus. 

The Cabinet Division issued a notice signed by Deputy Secretary Md Rezaul Islam in this regard on Friday.

This was expected as roads and many other public places have been busy since the imposition of the latest round of stricter restrictions. The decision has been taken by the government keeping in view the livelihoods of the people as many think it is hard to sustain a lockdown for long from economic and social perspectives.

The shops and malls will remain open from 10am to 5pm every day maintaining proper health guidelines. The management committee of the concerned market or organization has been entrusted with the task of taking necessary actions regarding the observance of hygiene rules, according to a Press Information Department (PID) handout. 

The decision has been taken considering the livelihoods of the people employed in the sector.

Earlier, the government had ordered to keep all shops and markets across the country closed during the strict lockdown that started from 14 April. However, online sales were allowed maintaining hygiene rules. Kitchen markets and grocery shops were also allowed to remain open from 8 am to 4 pm daily.  

Covid-19 deaths and infections in Bangladesh have surged in the last few weeks, taking the toll of the total infected to 736,074 and deaths to 10,781 till Thursday.

A series of lockdown has been imposed by the government since April 7 to contain the transmission of Covid-19. The second phase of stricter lockdown started from Thursday. It will continue till April 28.