A meeting of the Bajura District COVID-19 Crisis Management has decided to impose prohibitory order in Himali Rural Municipality, Bajura, from May 2.

The restrictions will come into effect from May 5 till May 14. The meeting held today took the decision to impose the restrictions after 13 people tested positive for COVID-19, said Bajura assistant CDO Samir Bhandari. Transport services, people's movement and other services except essential services will be closed. Bajura CDO Gopal Adhikari said that his office had written to the province and central governments to provide antigen kits to increase the testing for COVID-19.

According to Assistant Chief District Officer Samir Bhandari, who also doubles as the information officer, the meeting recommended that the authority issue a prohibitory order in Himali Rural Municipality after 13 persons in the local level were learnt to have contracted coronavirus.

"As per the recommendation, a prohibitory order has been in force from 5:00am tomorrow until May 14 in the rural municipality," said Assistant CDO Bhandari, adding that all but emergency-related transportation and personal movements will be banned.

Chief District officer Gopal Adhikari said initiatives were under way to secure antigen kits from the provincial and central governments to expand COVID testing in the district.

Meanwhile, authorities have also planned to conduct market monitoring by ensuring participation of other stakeholders in order to prevent black-marketing of daily essentials. Likewise, offices drawing a large number of service seekers every day have been asked to make provisions for service delivery by avoiding crowds.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 2, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.