The government has extended the lockdown till Jesth 5 (May 5) to prevent the spread of Corona virus (Covid-19). But during this period, development, construction and industries have been allowed to open.

Nepal Government Extends Coronavirus Lockdown till Jesth 5 (May 18)

The Nepali government on Wednesday also decided to extend the ongoing international flight suspension and continue the suspension of international flights on its sky as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to grow in the country.

The government has extended the lockdown to prevent the spread of Corona virus (Covid-19). But during this period, development, construction and industries have been allowed to open.

Nepali government also decided to continue the closure of the international border till end of May for cross-border movement of people.

Nepal has been under nationwide lockdown since March 24, suspending ground and air travels, and closing businesses and industries.

A meeting of the cabinet held on Wednesday had decided to extend the lockdown till May 19. The High Level Coordinating Committee on Covid-19 had proposed to determine the red, yellow and green areas based on the risk of corona and to make the timber hard or loose accordingly.

But Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said it was not possible to go into this model right now. Prime Minister Oli argued that the growing number of infections in India would have an impact on Nepal as well, and that the number of trials had decreased.

Development, construction and industry are open

The meeting has decided to open the development works and industries even if the lockdown is extended.While working in this way, daily health check-up will have to be done and accommodation will have to be arranged for the workers in one place.

Workers will need to be provided with food and lunch in the workplace. In case of shortage of space, accommodation can be arranged in such a way that there is no contact with the locals to use the private or community school or government vacant building in the concerned ward.

Along with the projects of national pride, irrigation, hydropower, drinking water, airport roads and bridges, roads and government buildings will be constructed and strengthened. In addition, it has been decided to allow 10 people to work in one place at a time in a project titled Urban Infrastructure. Yuvaraj Khatiwada has given the information.

And, the government has decided that all the expenses related to this should be borne by the concerned construction businessmen.

Similarly, production, collection and transportation of construction materials including stone, ballast and sand will be allowed. The production and transportation of limestone, clinker etc. required for the cement industry will be allowed and river control works will also be done.

Similarly, some relief has been provided in transportation. Now, materials related to agricultural production, school textbooks, construction materials of development projects will be allowed to operate. However, freight vehicles entering the valley will not be allowed to carry passengers.

Details of drivers and co-drivers in each freight vehicle will be checked upon entering and returning to the valley. Government spokesperson Yubraj Khatiwada said that action would be taken if false details were given.

Similarly, book shop will also be opened by giving permission to sell textbooks from Janak Shiksha Samagri Kendra.

Similarly, some relief has been provided in transportation. Now, materials related to agricultural production, school textbooks, construction materials of development projects will be allowed to operate. However, freight vehicles entering the valley will not be allowed to carry passengers.

Details of drivers and co-drivers in each freight vehicle will be checked upon entering and returning to the valley. Government spokesperson Khatiwada said that action would be taken if false details were given.

It has been decided to open a hotel at a distance of 50 km on the highway by selling only food packets to the drivers and co-drivers of transport vehicles.

The government has decided that banks and financial institutions, cooperatives, etc. should be able to operate the service with a maximum of one third of the required staff.

But even now, educational institutions, training and training centers, non-food stores and shopping malls, gatherings at religious places, stadiums, futsal, gymnasiums, saloons, hotel bars, non-passenger vehicles are banned.

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