Lockdown tightened further, groceries-department stores can no longer operate
KATHMANDU, MAY 25
The District Administration Offices of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur have decided to extend Covid-19 prohibitory period in the valley by another week.
A meeting of the district authorities held Tuesday decided to extend the lockdown until June 3 in a bid to control the surging spread of new and more virulent variant of coronavirus in these districts.
Authorities have, this time, decided to further tighten the regulations by not allowing even the grocery shops and department stores to operate. However, shops selling vegetables, gas cylinders, dairy and meat products will remain open till 9:00 am, according to a Kathmandu DAO official.
Earlier on Monday, district officials had issued a directive according to which, violation of Covid-19 protocol and hindrance to the implementation of the Covid ordinance are both punishable offences, subject to imprisonment, a fine, or both.
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The ongoing prohibitory orders first came into effect in the valley on April 29 and will last till Wednesday midnight.
The District crisis management centres have been authorised by the federal government to take a call on the restrictive measures to address the Covid situation across the country.
At present, there are 28,443 active cases of infection in the valley alone while the country's total active cases stands at 117,261.