Plying of all kinds of passenger launches will remain suspended from 6:00am on Monday owing to the nationwide week-long lockdown announced by the government to prevent deadly coronavirus transmission among people further.
However, goods carrying vessels will continue to ply as usual.
Commodore Golam Sadeq, chairman of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said on Sunday evening.
Earlier in the day, the Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told the media that a nationwide lockdown will be imposed in Bangladesh from Monday in view of the sharply rising cases of COVID 19 infection and deaths in the country.
While the detailed guideline and notification are yet to be issued, it was announced that organisations running emergency services will remain out of the purview of the lockdown.
Industries will also remain open and employees will have to work in shifts, following health guidelines.
The government earlier issued an 18-point directive limiting the presence of employees in the offices to half and curbs on occupancy in public transport services among other measures to control the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
During the briefing, Quader urged all to wear face masks and maintain health guidelines properly as the infection and death rates have increased alarmingly.
“Now it is our key task to maintain the highest caution for our own safety,” he said.