KATHMANDU, June 11: A cabinet meeting held on Wednesday decided to change the modality of lockdown in an attempt to gradually resume economic activities.
Amid mounting pressure from all quarters, the government has introduced a phase-wise opening of services across the country.
What will open from today?
All health services
Transportation and sale of medicine, foodstuff and beverages, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, fish and meat, drinking water
Transportation and the sale of petroleum products
Electricity, fire brigade, ambulance, information and communication and postal services.
Banks and financial institutions, cooperatives and insurance services
All agricultural and livestock related activities
Services related to seeds, fertilizers, agricultural tools and cold storage
Business related to excavation, collection, transportation and the sale of river products, minerals
All types of construction works
Take away food services, restaurants
Hotels designated as quarantine facilities
Sale and maintenance of electric items
Workshops repairing electronic devices, machinery items and vehicles
All types of transportation services
All offices providing emergency services
Government and private offices (Less than 50% attendance of their staff)
Restriction to continue:
Educational institutions (schools, colleges, tuition centers, training centers)
Shopping malls, department stores (except for those selling foodstuff)
Cinema halls, patry palaces, dance bars and all types of recreation centers
International and domestic flights (except those receiving prior permission)
Cross border movement
All types of festivals, fairs, exhibition, conferences and assemblies
Meetings, seminars, trainings with more than 25 people
Places of religious and social gathering
Swimming pools, gym halls, health clubs including sauna, steam, massage centers, saloon and beauty parlors
Sporting activities and performances in open grounds and stadiums
All vehicles except those designated above
All the vehicles except for ambulance, fire brigade, cargo vehicles and the vehicles to carry dead bodies and those used in funeral procession, between 9PM to 5AM
The government will make an assessment of the situation of COVID-19 infection after 21 days of the implementation of the first phase of ‘loose down’. If the situation is favourable, the government will implement the second phase of ‘loose down’, which will be implemented for 15 days.
Services and activities to operate in the second phase
Government, non-government and private offices, bank and financial institutions (with 75 % staff)
Electric rickshaws (with one passenger in a row)
Taxis (with two passengers, excluding the driver
Restaurants and food outlets (maintaining at least two-metre distance between people)
The government will assess the situation of COVID-19 infection after 15 days of the implementation of the second phase of ‘loose down’. If the situation is favourable, the government will implement the third phase of ‘loose down’, which will be implemented for 15 days.
Services and activities to operate in the third phase
Government, non-government and private offices
Inter-district movement after analyzing the risk of infection in case of less than 100 active COVID-19 cases
All the vehicles carrying only half of the passengers of their capacity
Hotels, lodges, resorts, travel agencies, trekking and mountaineering
Booking of international flights
Educational institutions (only of the exam purpose)