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Nepal Government Decides To Continue Lockdown Until July 22

The international and domestic airlines can operate their flights only under emergency situation and only those which have received approval from the government to conduct flights, Minister Khatiwada said. So, the international and domestic flight remain suspended until July 22, he said.
(A Nepal Airlines flight carrying Nepalis from Dubai returned to Swayambhu’s temple, seen from Halchowk hill behind Swayambhu, Kathmandu, 29 June, 2020.. Photo: Pradeepraj Onta-RSS)

KATHMANDU:- Nepal Government on Monday decided to give continuity to the ongoing easing modality of the lockdown until July 22.

Talking to The Nepal24hours.com, Minister for Finance, Dr Yubraj Khatiwada said the Cabinet meeting held this evening decided to give continuity to the ongoing modality of lockdown until July 22.

The Cabinet meeting was summoned at 6:00 pm at the official residence of Prime Minister KP Sharm Oli in Baluwatar.

The government had enforced the lockdown until June 14. But before that, the government had decided to open all government and private offices, banks and financial institutions, and other offices by relaxing the nature of complete lockdown.

Minister Khatiwada said that the first phase of 21 days of present relaxed lockdown had not ended yet.

The first phase (21 days period) began from June 14 and there are still six days for it to end, Khatiwada said.

Minister Khatiwada said that the Cabinet meeting had not taken any new decision regarding opening of the international and domestic flights. Earlier this week, some private domestic flight operators had prepared themselves for operating the flights by implementing specific protocols for doing so.

The international and domestic airlines can operate their flights only under emergency situation and only those which have received approval from the government to conduct flights, Minister Khatiwada said. So, the international and domestic flight remain suspended until July 22, he said.

Border points will also remain closed until further notice, she said. However, mobility of people within the country and from one district to another and from one State to another is allowed under the criteria specified by the Home Ministry.

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