Buses resume services on 3rd day of COVID-19 restrictions
Services of buses in all major cities resumed on Wednesday during the ongoing nationwide restrictions.
With this the normal and busy traffic situation on the roads in Dhaka and Chattogram came back since morning.
The weeklong restrictions which the government imposed on Monday to contain COVID-19 infections were loosely followed in Dhaka as elsewhere in Bangladesh for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.
Earlier, on Tuesday, the government decided to allow public transports on roads in Dhaka and Chattogram metropolitan cities, and Gazipur, Narayanganj, Cumilla, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Barishal, Rangpur and Mymensingh city corporation areas from 6:00am and till 6:00pm with the increased fares until further notice.
No buses on long routes were allowed.
In the capital, buses started running since 6:00am on Wednesday.
Though the bus operators were asked to carry 50 per cent passengers against the seating capacity, at some places this directive was violated.
In the morning, office going people were seen rushing to the buses at the busy crossings in different areas in Dhaka, including Jayrabari, Gulistan, and Mirpur.
At some places rules of carrying 50 per cent passengers against the capacity was strictly followed.
But social distancing could not be maintained while getting on the buses.
Besides, hand sanitisers were not provided to the passengers of these buses.
In Gazipur city apparel factory workers were seen waiting on roads due to shortage of buses.
Many were seen getting on pick-up vans to reach their destinations.
New Age correspondent in Chattogram reported that buses resumed regular services on roads since morning.
The Bangladesh government on Sunday issued an 11-point instruction for seven days closing markets and shopping malls, and banning operations of all modes of public transports, including domestic flights, across the country effective from 6:00am on Monday to contain the fresh wave of COVID-19 infections.