Coronavirus: Authorities discourage public gatherings throughout the country

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The coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed over 8,000 people globally, including one in Bangladesh

The authorities are discouraging public gatherings throughout the country in a bid to tackle the coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed over 8,000 people globally, including one in Bangladesh. 

The Ministry of Education announced on Monday that all educational institutions will be shut from March 18 till 31, in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country. However, many are using this opportunity to travel to various tourist spots throughout the country, instead of staying at home. This is increasing the likelihood of the deadly virus spreading to these favored destinations. 

As a result, the authorities are discouraging everyone from visiting tourist destinations mentioned below for the time being.

Cox’s Bazar

No ban has been imposed on the arrival of tourists in the coastal region, said Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Md Kamal Hossain on Wednesday.

He said: “The government has not issued a notice to stop tourists from visiting the top vacation spot here.

“However, we are asking people who are already in Cox’s Bazar to avoid public gatherings. We have also advised them not to get out together and remain at their respective hotels.”

Talking to Dhaka Tribune, Fakhrul Islam, assistant superintendent of police at Cox’s Bazar Tourist Police, said: “We have been urging people to refrain from gathering in large numbers and holding any programs here in order to stop the spread of Covid-19. 

“We have also made announcements to discourage people from taking showers on the beach.”

Patenga beach

Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has imposed a ban on the gathering of people at Patenga beach in the city.

CMP Commissioner Mahabubur Rahman imposed the ban on Wednesday.

The ban will remain effective until further notice.

Chittagong authorities also have decided to shut Chittagong Zoo from Thursday till March 31.

Veterinary Surgeon and acting curator of Chittagong Zoo Dr Shahadat Hossain Suvo confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

Comilla

Comilla Kotbari Moinamoti meuseum and Shalbon Bihar custodian Mohammad Hafizur Rahman has said that all popular tourist attractions within the district have been closed starting Tuesday (March 17) in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. 

The closures include attractions such as Comilla Nagar Uddan, Kotbari park, Rupoban mura, Itakhola mura, Kotbari meuseum, and the trade fair in Comilla outer stadium.

Rangamati

The government has imposed a ban on the gathering of people at all tourist and Parjatan spots in Rangamati. 

Rangamati district Deputy Commissioner AKM Mamunur Rashid confirmed the directive on Wednesday night. 

The ban will remain effective until further notice. 

He said: “Public gathering have been banned in all tourist destinations in Rangmati until further notice. Strict measures will be taken against anyone who violates this ban.”

Rangamati district Hotels Association General Manager Moin Uddin said that those that arrived in Rangamati on Wednesday will be asked to vacate their rooms by Thursday morning. All hotel owners have been informed about this directive. 

Barguna

The authorities have banned tourism at all tourist destinations in Barguna.

Barguna district Deputy Commissioner Mostain Billah confirmed the directive through an official Facebook post on Wednesday.

“The whole world is suffering from the coronavirus epidemic. We are on guard to protect Barguna district from the outbreak. To ensure the safety of the locals we have decided to close Barguna beach, Tongragiri eco park, and the deer eco park, ” he said. 

He added: “Anyone returning from coronavirus-affected countries must stay in quarantine for 14 days. Local authorities can be reached by calling at hotline numbers 333, 01730324884, and 01711076416.”

Sunamganj

The authorities have imposed a ban on travel to popular tourist spots such as Tanguar Huor, Jadukatandi, Bariktila, Shahid Siraj lake, Takerghat, and Shimul Bagan.

Upazila Executive Officer Bijen Banerjee confirmed the directive on Monday.

He said: “These steps have been taken to ensure the safety of all locals and tourists.”