Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sat down with her colleagues at the cabinet meeting on Thursday as Omicron was the subject of special attention.
“We are considering creating a certificate to make double vaccination mandatory for restaurants, shopping malls, trains, planes and launches in a short period of time. We are discussing such measures, ”said Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam after the meeting.
“We need to be more strict about vaccines. We must see how we can make the booster shot more widely available and easily accessible, “said Islam, referring to discussions at a previous government meeting on January 3.
Asked how such restrictions would be enforced in restaurants or shopping malls, Islam said: “People will keep a soft copy of the certificate on their mobile phone or keep a hard copy with them. No country in the world can test everyone everywhere, but we can test a sample. “
Health inspectors will conduct searches at the city corporation and municipality level and will be conducted by law enforcement.
Islam further clarifies that school children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be asked to stay at home if they do not have at least one dose of vaccine.
After the discussion on January 3, we have informed the matter to the Ministry of Education and the Minister of Education has been informed in today’s cabinet meeting.
“The final decision will be announced in the next couple of days after a meeting with the technical committee. However, the decision regarding the school students has already been taken. ”
“We also need to take strict measures to ensure that people wear masks again,” he said.
“We will start a motivational campaign. Law enforcement and mobile courts will enforce the rules. ”
Social, political and religious gatherings will be limited and masks will be made compulsory for public transport.
The technical committee has not yet decided on the exact extent of the rally and will announce the decision after further discussions, Islam said.
Asked if restrictions would be imposed on public transport, the cabinet secretary said it had been decided to halve the number of seats if the epidemic situation worsened.