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Govt extends shopping hours by one hour amid pandemic

| Updated: August 04, 2020 11:59:16


Customers maintain social distancing while doing shopping at an Aarong outlet at Wari in Dhaka city, May 10, 2020 — FE Photo/Files Customers maintain social distancing while doing shopping at an Aarong outlet at Wari in Dhaka city, May 10, 2020 — FE Photo/Files

The government has extended the business hours for shops and malls by one hour to 8:00pm, while office hours during the coronavirus pandemic remain the same, bdnews24.com reports.

The Cabinet Division issued an order on Monday to continue office work in the same manner until Aug 31 to prevent the spread of the contagion.

Shops and malls, which were allowed to stay open until 7:00pm earlier, can now operate until 8:00pm.

“To prevent the spread of Covid-19 and alleviate the present situation, the authorities decided to impose curbs on public movement and overall work. These restrictions will be imposed from August 04 to August 31. Weekends are an exception to the rules,” it said.

“Health protocols including social distancing at the markets, shops and malls must be maintained. Shopping malls must have the provision of thermometer and handwashing or sanitiser at their entrance. Vehicles coming to the malls must be disinfected,” the government said.

“All shops and malls must be closed by 8:00pm. People should be encouraged to use e-commerce sites for shopping.”

Earlier from July 01 to August 03, the government allowed the shops to remain open from 10 am to 7:00 pm. Prior to that, business hours were limited from 10 am to 4:00pm.

The government imposed a lockdown on March 26, in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The lockdown was lifted after 66 days and offices reopened on a limited scale on May 31.

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