Aug 19, 2021 2:26:02 PM
Aug 19, 2021 7:05:28 PM
After a hiatus of nearly five months, tourist sites in Bangladesh finally reopened on Thursday.
The move comes days after the government of Bangladesh eased Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on the movement of public transport services, reports bdnews24.com.
However, people will not be allowed to enter tourist sites without face masks and everyone will have to follow all Covid-19 safety protocols, as per the government order.
In Rangamati, residents breathed a sigh of relief as they had the opportunity to restart their livelihoods with the reopening of hotels, motels, restaurants and tourist sites in the district.
Local people dependent on tourists said they would be able to weather the losses caused by the closure. According to an estimate from the Rangamati Chambers of Commerce and Industry, tour operators suffered a cumulative loss of Tk 21.50 million.
Before the lockdown, Rangamati Suspension Bridge, Polwell Park, Rangamati Sishu Park, Happy Island, Subolong Fountain, Echo Village and all other tourist sports remained buzzing with tourists all year round. .
Boat owner Alauddin Tutul at Kaptai Lake said, âThe boat drivers were unemployed due to the closure of tourist sites, but we had to pay them regularly. Now we are happy with the reopening of the tourist sites. “
Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mizanur Rahman said: âThe tourist sites have been reopened in accordance with government directives. The authorities concerned were asked to ensure the entire sanitary protocol on the sites. In addition, mobile courts will regularly conduct training and sanction offenders. “
In Natore, tourist sites reopened to visitors on Thursday after a four and a half month closure.
Natore’s Deputy Commissioner, Shamim Ahmed opened Natore Uttara Ganabhaban’s main door around 10 a.m. However, the attendance of visitors was less on the first day.
To keep the wheels of the economy spinning during the fierce second wave of the pandemic, the government authorized the reopening of all tourist sites, community centers, resorts and recreation with 50% capacity from August 19 and by following all Covid security protocols.
On August 8, the government decided to ease the ongoing national lockdown allowing stores, factories and offices to reopen from August 11.
Buses, trains and riverboats were allowed to carry passengers at full capacity. However, with regard to road transport, local administrations (divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners) have been empowered to authorize the daily circulation of half of the public transport vehicles after consultation with the competent authorities and the police.
Malls, markets and stores have been allowed to reopen from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in accordance with health guidelines, while hotels and restaurants have been given the green light to operate from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 50%. capacity.