The Rautahat District Administration Office has extended COVID-19 lockdown for the fourth time, by one week, to be brought into effect from Thursday mid-night.

A meeting of the District COVID-19 Control and Management Committee held today decided the aforementioned owing to the fact that the looming second wave of the pandemic is yet to be contained completely, informed co-ordinator of the committee and Chief District Official (CDO) Indradev Yadav.

The notice issued by the DAO stated that the lockdown will remain in place until June 2, 2021 and that even stricter monitoring will be conducted this time.

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 the 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.