The Kathmandu Valley’s three District Administration Offices (DAOs) have released a week-long prohibitory order restricting various facilities and activities in the valley.
After holding a joint meeting on Monday to forge a shared strategy to curb the rapid spread of the COVID-19, Chief District Officers (CDOs) of three districts in Kathmandu Valley — Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur — declared a week-long prohibitory order starting Thursday. On Monday evening, all three DAOs in Kathmandu Valley released separate notices outlining the services and activities that are permitted and prohibited during the time.
According to an official statement released by the three District Administration Offices, the restrictions will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, and will continue until 12:00 a.m. on May 5.
Following the issuance of the new order, below is a list of programs that will be permitted to continue and those that will be forced to shut down.
What will be allowed to operate?
- Ambulances, fire engines, water tankers, critical materials carriers, farm, hearse buses, diplomatic missions, press/media vehicles, bank and financial institution vehicles, dairies, internet and telephone service providers, quarantine and isolation centers, waste management, and other emergency service vehicles
- On implementation of mandatory health and safety procedures, as well as a permit granted by district administration, a limit of 15 people would be permitted to assemble for rituals such as weddings, thread wearing ceremonies, and weaning ceremonies.
- Truck passes must be obtained from concerned ministries or agencies by government and public service providers.
- The District Administration will grant passes to facilitate the movement of construction workers and supplies.
- The CDO will grant permission to be present in emergency cases, such as when people need to visit hospitals for medical reasons, go to the hospital to wait for a patient, or attend funerals.
- Those traveling abroad must provide evidence of airline tickets, passports, and visas to gain direct access to the airport.
- Pharmacies will be open as usual.
- Grocery and critical supplies stores will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5-7 p.m.
- Supermarket grocery sections and department stores will only be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What is not be allowed to operate?
- All public and private cars would be prohibited from driving.
- All vehicles except those carrying life-saving equipment, ambulances, health-care vehicles, and security forces will be denied entry into the valley.
- Any form of public meeting, such as conventions, training, lectures, and so on.
- Gatherings at leisure facilities such as movie theaters, salons, beauty salons, gyms, community sports, libraries, museums, and zoos, among others.
- Except for necessary supplies, all stores and businesses will be closed for the time being.
- Department stores, with the exception of the supermarket section, will be closed.
- Other movements that are conditional
- State, banking, and financial sector employees, as well as those who provide vital services, should produce their identification cards.
- Journalists and members of the media must show identification provided by the Department of Information.
- Those who enter the valley must be quarantined and placed in home isolation as directed by local authorities.
Those found in violation of the regulations, according to the administration, will face disciplinary action in accordance with current laws.