As coronavirus cases increase by the day, Bajura District Administration Office has decided to impose prohibitory orders in the district from May 5 to 14.

Chief District Officer Gopal Adhikari said that the COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee has decided to impose prohibitory order to minimise the risk of coronavirus infection as infections have been increasing daily.

Assistant Chief District Officer Samir Bhandari said the prohibitory order would be effective from May 5 at 5:00am till midnight of May 14. He said district dwellers were urged not to come out of their houses except in the case of emergency.

According to the administration, vehicles carrying food materials, vegetables, fruits, milk, and drugs, among other essentials, will be allowed from 6:00 am to 10:00am and 4:00pm to 6:00pm daily with health safety measures. Public and private vehicles will not be allowed to ply during the prohibitory period.

All the shops, hotels and restaurants will be completely closed until the next notification. Staffers and workers in industries and public construction companies have to manage food and residence inside the work place.

Face masks among other health safety measures have been made compulsory.

CDO Adhikari said that all the services provided from government and non-government offices would be close,d except health security, communication, electricity, drinking water, medicines and other drugs processing and producing services. He said banks and financial institutions would call a limited number of staffers and operate service within the specified time hours.

He added that drug stores and shops related to health related materials would operate round-the-clock.

Journalists with their press pass and the card issued by the authority concerned could move and collect news freely by following health protocols. Himali Rural Municipality has already imposed prohibitory order.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.