Dhaka, May 10 : Bangladesh has eased the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the COVID-19 spread by allowing some of the businesses to reopen in different parts of the country like Dhaka and Chattogram, an official said on Sunday. Dilshad Begum deputy commissioner (DC) told UNI that Rajbari districts have reopened a wide range of shops, while some kept their businesses shut due to the dilemma amid virus fear.
All the business people in Rajshahi, Sylhet, Chandpur and Feni and a significant number of them in Chattogram and Dhaka have decided to keep their businesses shut until Eid-ul-Fitr to contain the spread of coronavirus. Most shopping malls in the capital will remain closed for now considering the present coronavirus situation, according to Bangladesh Shop Owners Association (BSOA).
BSOA president Helal Uddin said most of the shopping malls and markets, including the busiest markets in Gulistan, Bangabazar and Mirpur areas will remain closed until Eid. Aziz Super Market, Shahbagh and Palwal Market in old Paltan the area will also remain closed, he told UNI. The authorities of Old Dhaka's Islampur Market, Chawkbazar, Keraniganj, Ayesha Market at Jatrabari, Dhanmondi’s Rapa Plaza, Dhaka New Super Market and shops at Elephant road area in the city have decided to reopen the markets from today, he said. Earlier, the authorities of Bashundhara City Shopping Complex, Jamuna Future Park, Dhaka's busiest New Market, Mouchak, Anarkali markets have decided not to reopen their markets, Helal Uddin added. In Sylhet city, business leaders and owners decided to keep shopping malls and markets shut until Eid-ul-Fitr.
The decision was taken at a meeting on Friday attended by local business leaders and presided over by Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury. Everybody agreed to keep their shops shut until Eid, they added. It's a big message to the government, said Sylhet Chambers of Commerce’s President Abu Taher Md Shoeb adding that life comes first. In Chattogram city, 11 shopping mall owners also decided to keep their businesses closed until May 31 in the city. They decided at a meeting at Mimi Super Market attended by business leaders of the respective markets. The markets will remain closed until May 31 are - Sanmar Ocean City, Chittagong Shopping Complex, Finley Square Shop, Central Plaza, Amin Center, Afmi Plaza, Akhtaruzzaman Centre, Singapore-Bangkok Market, Kollol SuperMarket, and Mimi Super Market. In Rajshahi, City Corporation Mayor A H M Khairuzzaman Liton, local police administration and local MP on Saturday evening decided to keep all the markets, shopping malls closed considering public health safety. In Chandpur, Deputy Commissioner Md Majedur Rahman Khan in an emergency notice on Saturday night announced that shopping malls, markets, shops and businesses will remain shut until Eid as the new coronavirus cases are rising in the district.
Stern action will be taken against the businesses if they violate the directives, DC wrote in an urgent notice on his personal Facebook wall. The decision was taken by the district coronavirus prevention committee. (UNI)