On Tuesday, a joint meeting of the Chief District Officers (CDOs) of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur agreed to extend the prohibitory order for another week while enforcing even tougher steps in accordance with the Covid-19 Crisis Management Ordinance. The previous order was set to expire on Thursday.
According to the new agreement reached on Tuesday, previously permitted retail shops and department stores would be closed this time. Only supermarkets will be open until 9 a.m., and a marriage can only have 7 people.
Similarly, restrictions on vehicular mobility have developed. Vehicles from government departments, internet service providers, and public institutions will be permitted to use the roads from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All previous vehicle permits have been ruled null and void. All building work is also to be stopped for a week.
Despite the fact that a prohibitory order has been in effect in the Valley since last month, the city has not seen any relief, with cases in the Valley averaging 2,500 and cases in the country averaging 8,000 over the past two weeks.
People who violate COVID-19 safety precautions and the prohibitory order face penalties under the Covid-19 Ordinance. Lockdown violators face a year in prison, a fine of up to Rs 500,000, or both.