Against the backdrop of increasing Covid-19 cases, Chattogram district administration has banned all sorts of public gatherings in the city until April 14.
Deputy Commissioner of Chattogram Mominur Rahman issued a public circular in this regard yesterday, reports our staff correspondent from Chattogram.
The circular said all tourist spots, cinema halls, theatres, amusement places, coaching centres and educational institutions would remain closed by this time.
All sorts of political and social programmes would remain postponed and religious programmes would be held on a limited scale following health rules, said Sumani Akter, additional district magistrate of Chattogram.
None will be allowed to go out after 10pm without emergencies, the official added.
Restaurants would have to cater to customers at half the capacity while public transports will also do the same, she said, adding that everyone coming from abroad will have to go to mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
Meanwhile, movement of all tourist ships on the Teknaf-Saint Martin’s Island route of Cox’s Bazar has been suspended from yesterday.
No vessel left Teknaf for Saint Martin’s Island since yesterday morning, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent.
However, many small engine boats sailed for Saint Martin’s from the Kaukkhali Canal of Teknaf poura area in the morning to ferry residents and daily commodities.
Tofael Ahmed, president of Tour Association of Cox’s Bazar and owner of a ship — FB Cruise –said the district administration instructed them to halt plying of all tourist-carrying ships on the route until further notice due to the current coronavirus situation.
Assistant Commissioner Syed Murad Hossain, also in-charge of the tourist cell of the district administration, confirmed that his office issued instructions for halting ship movement between Saint Martin’s and Teknaf.
Movement of water vessels carrying regular passengers and daily essentials will remain normal, maintaining health guidelines.