The Nepal Weekly | June 22, 2021
The district administration offices of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur had decided to extend the ongoing lockdown by one more week till June 28 to help curb COVID-19 infections but relaxing the provisions of the prohibitory order.
The authorities state that if the cases continue to decline even after the operation of private vehicles and other relaxations, the administration can consider allowing many other public vehicles to operate.
As per the new regulations, most shops are permitted to open on different days of the week, with department stores, shopping malls and shops related to garment, footwear, cosmetics, gift items and tailoring being able to open for a certain period of time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Likewise, ornament vending shops, utensils, kitchenware, electrical goods, electronic items, automobile parts are allowed to open on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. The hardware shops selling construction materials can operate from 11 am to 6 pm every day.
More people shall be allowed to participate in a wedding ceremony and more vehicles can be used for weddings than the earlier rule.
The relaxation of restrictive measures comes after a meeting of the direction committee of the COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre headed by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to impose a “smart lockdown” by relaxing the rules for some sectors.
Notably, this is the first time that private vehicles are allowed to ply on the roads under the odd-even number rules since the lockdown was first enforced on April 29 to cope with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the Nepal in early April. On Monday, Nepal reported 1,584 new confirmed cases, recovered 3130 and 46 deaths.