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No lockdown for now, unvaccinated to be barred from restaurants

No lockdown for now, unvaccinated to be barred from restaurants

Though the government is not thinking about enforcing any lockdown in the country to control the fresh coronavirus surge, it is going to intensify the preventive measures to rein in the transmission of the deadly virus, said health minister Zahid Maleque on Monday (Jan 3), local media reported.

“Unvaccinated people won’t be allowed to take food in restaurants. Only those who’ve received vaccines can enter restaurants showing their vaccine certificates,” the minister told reporters after an inter-ministerial meeting on the issue of new coronavirus variant Omicron at the secretariat.

He warned that the restaurants will be fined if they defy this rule.

Zahid Maleque said the cabinet division will issue a directive in this regard within 15 days.

Replying to a question, he said the Covid situation in the country has not yet reached such a stage that lockdown should be enforced. “We’re not thinking about a lockdown at this moment.”

The minister said they will focus on cent per cent masking to prevent the spike in Covid cases. “All must wear masks everywhere. Those who will flout the rule will be fined.”

Besides, he said, if anyone gets into public transport without a mask will be fined by a mobile court.