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Government planning to ease prohibitory order

2021 Jun 08, 18:19, Kathmandu
Traffic Police personnel checking permits of the motorcycle riders at Durbar Marga in Kathmandu, on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The government has issued prohibitory order in more than a dozen of districts to break the chain of the spread of coronavirus. Photo: RSS

As the number of people being infected with the coronavirus has been on the decline for the past few days the government is planning to gradually ease the prohibitory order that has been imposed to curb the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has stated that it has been keeping track of the effect of the prohibitory orders that have been imposed across the country and also the infection rate and based on the findings the government will take further decisions. Spokesperson of the Home Ministry Janak Raj Dahal, who is also a joint secretary, informed that the ministry is collecting reports from the districts.

Dahal mentioned that till date there was a ‘lockdown’ but now the government is planning for a ‘loosedown’ based on the reports submitted from across the country. He stated that there will now definitely be some easing in the prohibitory order. He further added that since the recovery rate at the moment is double that of those being infected and since the number of deaths has also been declining the government is planning to ease the prohibitory order.

Since the authority to either impose or loosen the prohibitory order has been assigned to the chief district officers all further steps will be taken in coordination and supervision of the Home Ministry, Dahal said.

Spokesperson Dahal also mentioned that the situation the country is facing right now is because the lockdown imposed during the first wave was lifted at once. He said that the government will not repeat that mistake and decisions will be taken in a gradual manner. Dahal mentioned that the government will ease the prohibitory order based on the situation and need.

However, he mentioned that activities or businesses which see big gatherings like meetings, conferences, seminars and cinema halls will still be restricted for the time being. Similarly, dance bars, party palaces, shopping malls, swimming pools and beauty parlours, among others will also not be allowed to open immediately.

Dahal said that since it is the agricultural season now the agriculture sector will be opened up gradually. He also said that the government will loosen the order for developmental work too. However, he added that necessary health safety protocols will have to be strictly adhered to.


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