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Indian Subcontinent Lockdown and Restrictions Update

With COVID-19 cases in the Indian Subcontinent surging, restrictions to prevent the spread have been introduced in Bangladesh, as well as parts of India.

Bangladesh

Last week, the Bangladesh government declared a strict lockdown running from 14th-21st April 2021. The lockdown has now been extended until 28th April 2021. We have provided some details regarding the restrictions below:

  • Banks will open for three hours (SUN to THU) from 10am to 1pm during lockdown
  • All government and private offices will remain closed during the lockdown
  • International and domestic flights to Bangladesh were suspended from Wednesday 14th; the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has suspended operations of around 500 international flights
  • In order to run the export-import flow, the government has permitted apparel factories to remain operational by maintaining social distancing, taking necessary precautions and facilitating transportation for workers
  • CFS and Port will continue their operation, taking necessary precautions and facilitating transportation for workers
  • Public transport services will be suspended, however movement of vehicles that are involved in transporting export-import goods, emergency services, food and medical equipment will be permitted
  • Essential services such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocery stores are out of the purview of the lockdown
  • Public movement is restricted except in the case of emergencies

India

Both Tamil Nadu and Delhi State Governments have announced new restrictions.

In Delhi, a six-day lockdown will run from 10pm on 19th April until 5am on 26th April:

  • All gatherings – social, religious and political – are banned
  • All private and government offices have been asked to work remotely
  • Essential services, food services and medical services will continue

In Tamil Nadu, night curfews and Sunday lockdowns will take effect from 20th April:

  • Night curfew will be in force from 10pm-4am
  • Public and private transport services will not be permitted
  • Inter-state and intra-state movement of public and private vehicles will not be permitted
  • Essential services, food services and medical services will continue

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