KATHMANDU, August 24: The local administration in the Kathmandu Valley has decided to allow both private and public vehicles to run on the valley streets even after 8PM.
A meeting of the chief district officers (CDOs) of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur - the three districts in the Valley - on Tuesday made a decision to this effect. The meeting also decided to extend the ongoing prohibitory orders till September 1. The ongoing prohibitory orders enforced by the local administration to contain further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is due to expire at midnight today.
Earlier, the three CDOs in the Valley had decided to restrict both public and private vehicles except those related to emergency services from plying the streets. The restriction has been relaxed amid criticisms from various quarters.
Similarly, all three District Administration Offices (DAOs) in the Valley have decided to allow seminars or meetings with physical presence of a maximum 25 participants. However, all participants need to follow health safety protocols as prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Population.
All three DAOs in the Valley have given continuity to the same prohibitory orders enforced earlier. Officials said the prohibitory measures could be tightened any day keeping in view the rate of COVID-19 infection in the Valley.