13 Jan 2022, 10:30
Update : 13 Jan 2022, 17:49

11-point restriction begins to prevent Omicron spread

   DHAKA, Jan 13, 2022 (BSS) - The fresh 11-point restriction, imposed by the 
government to prevent the highly contagious new African COVID-19 variant 
Omicron, began today.

  On January 10, the Cabinet Division issued a notification to this end. 

  The notification said considering the current situation of Omicron 
infections and the decisions taken by the COVID-19 situation review 
committee, the restrictions on the overall activities and movement are going 
to be imposed from January 13. The restrictions will remain effective until 
further notice.

   Mask use has been made mandatory in shops, shopping malls, bazaars, hotels 
and restaurants and all public gatherings. If one violates the rules, legal 
action will be taken against him or her.

   All must use masks in offices and courts or outside of homes. If the 
health guidelines are not followed, mobile courts will have to be conducted 
across the country, the notification said.

   COVID-19 vaccine certificates must be shown in taking food at restaurants 
or staying at hotels.

  Without vaccine certificate, a student above 12 years will not be allowed 
to enter education institutions after the specific timeframe set by the 
Education Ministry.

  Scanning facility must be increased at land ports, seaports and airports. 
Restriction must be imposed on the exits of crews of ships at ports. Only 
drivers of trucks will be allowed at land ports. The access of the visitors 
accompanying passengers must be stopped at airports.

   Trains, buses and launches can carry passengers of their half capacity. 
The authorities will issue specific instructions in this regard with the date 
of implementation. Drivers and helpers of all types of vehicles must have 
COVID-19 vaccine certificates.

   Home-bound passengers and others concerned must show COVID-19 vaccine 

  Imams will aware people concerned of the health safety guidelines and mask 
use in their sermons of Jummah prayers in all mosques. Deputy Commissioners 
and Upazila Nirbahi Officers will ensure this matter.

  The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will take necessary publicity and 
other measures in accelerating COVID-19 vaccination and its booster dose 
inoculation. In this regard, it will take assistance from the Information and 
Broadcasting Ministry.

   All social, political and religious functions will remain closed at open 
space until further notice.

  In case of any special situation created in any area, the local 
administration can take actions in consultation with the authorities 
concerned, the notification said.

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