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Majority of services to resume with lifting of lockdown in Nepal

The Monday meeting of the Council of Ministers decided to resume national and international flights, and long-route passenger transportation service from coming August 17, according to government spokesperson Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada.
(Minister for Finance and Communication and Information Technology Dr. Yuvraj Khatiwada announcing the decision of the Council of Ministers at a press conference held at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Kathmandu, 21 July, 2020. Photo: Chandrakala Chhetri-RSS)

By Ramesh Lamsal, Narayan Dhungana, KATHMANDU:- The government has decided to resume majority of the services by officially putting an end to the lockdown from this midnight. The lockdown to check the flow of Corona Virus was in effect since March 24.
The Monday meeting of the Council of Ministers decided to resume national and international flights, and long-route passenger transportation service from coming August 17, according to government spokesperson Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada. Likewise, training and qualifying games for international sporting events will also resume.
Hotel, restaurants, travel and trekking as well as mountaineering activities will resume from July 30. However, Mass gathering, feast, party, seminar however will not be allowed.
Spokesperson Dr Khatiwada said that student enrollment and examinations could be conducted from August 17.
But, running schools, colleges, tuition centres, training centres, all types of gatherings, training, seminars, exhibition fairs, cinema halls, parties, banquets, dance bar and entertainment sectors would not be opened until further notice.
However, the government could take any decision prior to August 17 over such issues by considering the impact and level of infection of the pandemic coronavirus, Dr Khatiwada added.
According to him, salon, beauty parlor, swimming pools, gymnasiums, religious and public places, libraries, museums and zoos should not be operated until next notice.
Likewise, the physical distancing of at least two metres should be maintained in the areas that are in operation.
Minister Dr Khatiwada reiterated the government’s commitment to book those involved in black marketeering and stockpiling.
Similarly, both domestic and international flights would resume from August 17. The essential service and supplies will however continue uninterrupted, informed Minister Khatiwada. Also, those people seeking to return home due to special or difficult circumstances shall be allowed entry to Nepal from certain entry points.
Furthermore, the government offices being run in two shifts (from 8am to 1pm and 1 pm to 5 pm) after the lockdown was eased and shall operate from 10 am to 5 pm now onwards. The government has also decided to lift the odd-even number plate system imposed in vehicles with effect from today midnight. RSS

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