Nepal Government Planned to Make Lockdown Flexible
Kathmandu – The government is preparing to make flexible the lockdown in six different stages. The government has prepared a strategy to make the loose and finally to make normal. The format has been prepared for this in six phases. The government has made the latest preparations based on the suggestions of experts after the lockdown affected daily people’s lives and increased protests. The proposal was prepared by the Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) led by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel. Probably, the proposal is passed by the cabinet on Sunday, then Lockdown will move forward with a new modality.
According to the plan, which will be implemented in six phases. In the first phase from June 15, preparations have been essential service providers will be allowed to open. This will include industries that produce and sell essential commodities.
In the second phase, i.e. in the second week of June, economic activity will be increased based on the experience of the first phase. A construction working environment will be created. Shops selling and distributing all kinds of goods will be allowed to open under certain rules.
In the third phase, i.e. after the 29th of June, in addition to allowing the sale and distribution of agriculture and other daily necessities to be facilitated, private vehicles will be allowed to operate by setting certain criteria. Initially, the push-pull system will be implemented. Banks and financial institutions will be allowed to open fully, while hair cutting salons, beauty parlors, and sports-related institutions will be opened.
In the fourth phase, i.e. in the first week of July, religious places will be open. In which general gathering places will also be allowed to operate.
In the fifth phase, i.e. on the 16th of July, permission will be given to operating schools, universities, entertainment, and construction-related services. Infrastructure construction work will be done. Parks, swimming pools, playgrounds, cinema halls will also be opened at this stage.
In the sixth phase, all sectors will be allowed to run smoothly. But, for that, certain rules have to be followed. In view of the risk of COVID-19, a proposal has been made to seal the area in case of an epidemic. Before taking the proposal to the Council of Ministers on Sunday, the committee will continue discussions with various sectors today and tomorrow and will make further amendments if necessary.