The decision came amid the complaints regarding the loss of business, income and even lives due to the lockdown.
After 70 days of stringent nationwide lockdown, the Nepali Government has decided to ease the restrictions in a bid to restart the stalled economy gradually.
The government’s decision to change the modality of the lockdown came amid the complaints regarding the loss of business, income and even lives due to the harsh restrictions on public movement.
However, the government has decided to allow the operation of businesses, industries and private vehicles in districts that witnessed few COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, people’s movement to Kathmandu from other districts will be controlled until the situation gets better.
According to the new guidelines, private vehicles will be operated on an odd-even basis to avoid heavy traffic congestion. And, the private four-wheelers are supposed to carry only two passengers, while two-wheelers are restricted to carry pillion riders.
The Ministry of Home Affairs is formulating an appropriate work plan to this effect.
However, the Nepali Government has laid high emphasis on practicing precautionary measures such as social distancing and wearing face masks to avoid COVID-19 infection.
Services and Activities To Be Allowed Operation
- All health services
- Supply of essential goods
- Supply of petroleum products
- Waste management
- Electricity, fire brigade, ambulance, information and communication, and postal services
- Financial sector
- All agricultural and livestock-related activities
- Manufacturing industries
- Construction activities
- Development projects
- Business-related to excavation, collection, transportation, and sale of river products, minerals
- Take away food services
- Hotels designated as quarantine facilities
- Commercial and private establishments
- Workshops repairing electronic devices, machinery items, and vehicles
- Stationery shops
- All types of transportation services
- Government and private offices (Less than 50% staff)
Services and Activities Still Under Restriction
- All educational institutions
- Shopping malls, department stores (except for those selling foodstuff)
- Cinema halls, party palaces, dance bars and all types of recreation centers
- International and domestic flights (except those receiving prior permission)
- Cross border movement
- All types of festivals, fairs, exhibition, conferences, and assemblies
- Meetings, seminars, trainings with more than 25 people
- Swimming pools, gym halls, health clubs, massage centers, saloon, and beauty parlors
- Playgrounds and stadiums
- All the vehicles (except those designated above) between 9 pm to 5 am
The government has decided to implement these guidelines for 21 days and will assess the COVID-19 situation after the prescribed period.
If the situation is favorable, the government will further ease the lockdown measures for 15 days. Nepal has imposed a stringent nationwide lockdown since March 24 to contain the spread of coronavirus.
So far, Nepal has recorded 4,364 COVID-19 positive cases and 15 death cases. However, 674 patients have recovered successfully.