The District Administration Office has extended the in-place COVID-19 lockdown by another week keeping in mind the advent of a new and more virulent variant of coronavirus.

According to Chief District Officer (CDO) Gyan Prasad Dhakal, a meeting of the district COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee held on Friday decided the aforementioned.

On recommendation of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee, the district administration had decreed a prohibitory order from May 4 to May 29, which has now been extended until June 5.

Similarly, the DAO warned against flouting COVID-19 protocols as the offenders will be dealt in line with "The COVID-19 Risk Management Ordinance, 2078 BS" that had been issued by the President recently.

Pursuant to the ordinance, any person who violates regulations by posing as a hindrance for authorities to implement the provisions could face up to one year in prison or can be subjected to a penalty of up to Rs 500,000 lakh or both.

In the same manner, the offense of flouting COVID-19 safety protocols as mentioned in the legal order is punishable by up to six months imprisonment or a fine of up to Rs 300,000 or both.

A fine of Rs 100 for every time a person is caught in public space without a mask, Rs 200 for movement during prohibited hours, Rs 2000 for two wheelers and Rs 5000 for four wheelers for plying without permit, for reasons other than emergency, have been prescribed by the DAO.