Lockdown relaxed in Kathmandu: From Thursday, the Nepali government has announced some relaxation in lockdown rules permitting movement of people for essential and non-essential need. Efforts have been made to make people’s life easier by making the lockdown in the Kathmandu Valley more relaxed.
The Chief District Officers (CDOs) of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur have decided to relaxed the lockdown in the Kathmandu Valley.
According to the new order, vehicles will be operated on a odd-even system from Thursday. Industries and factories will be allowed to open by adopting health safety standards.
Private vehicles can be operated on an odd-even basis following health standards, according to a statement issued by the District Administration Office, Kathmandu after a joint meeting of CDOs in the Valley. But motorcycles and scooters will also have to follow physical distance and health standards.
In the case of public transport, only those with a capacity of more than 16 seats will be allowed to operate following some safety standards. In such a vehicle, only one passenger will have to be accommodated in a row so as not to exceed half of the total seat capacity and a mask has been made mandatory for the passengers. Drivers and co-drivers must wear masks and gloves. Vehicle doors should be sanitized and disinfected on a daily basis.
Similarly, taxi drivers will be allowed to drive up to 3 people including the driver and up to 2 children under the age of 5 in the family.
However, Hotels, meetings, seminars, operation of educational institutions, gymnasium, swimming pool, entertainment parks and auditorium, and places of worship will continue to remain closed. Social, political, sports, cultural, and religious gatherings will not be allowed.
A bar has been set up to run shop business inside the Kathmandu Valley. Accordingly, it is the decision of the administration to operate a shop selling and distributing medicines and health items among the essential goods or services are allowed to open at any time. Similarly, shops selling food items, milk, fruits, vegetables, fish, and meat are allowed to open till 11 am in the morning and from 5 pm to 7 pm in the evening, according to the administration.
Clothing, footwear shops, fancy and cosmetic shops will also be opened. However, these shops are allowed to open only three days Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. The same rule has been applied to shopping malls.
Pavement and cart trade are also allowed to be opened. In addition, stationery, electric and electronics stores, and department stores will be open until 11 a.m in the morning and 4 pm to 7 p.m in the evening. Vehicle repair workshops are allowed to open every day from 8 am to 8 pm.
Shops selling utensils and kitchenware are also allowed to be opened on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, while shops selling furniture and automobiles will be open only on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Now take away service as well as online delivery service will be available. However, the government made it clear that such movements would be allowed only between 12 pm to 7 pm.
Banks were already running smoothly during the time of prohibitory order. But now cooperatives are also allowed to be opened. However, the government made it clear that cooperatives will be allowed to open between 12 pm to 7 pm.