September 16: The government has decided to resume long-distance transportation service as well as domestic flights from coming Thursday (September 17) instead of September 21.
A meeting of the Council of Ministers recently decided to resume the services that were disrupted since lockdown was imposed on March 24.
Earlier, it was reported that the inter-district transportation service and domestic flight would resume next week starting from September 21. However, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, who is the new government spokesperson, confirmed that the services will be available from Thursday itself.
As per the latest decision, long route vehicles will come into operation from September 17 along with domestic air service.
The government has also decided to allow hotels, restaurants as well as trekking and travel agencies to reopen from Thursday.
Long-route vehicles and other means of public transportation should however adopt safety measures amid coronavirus pandemic. Such vehicles will be allowed to keep only one passenger in a row and must maintain physical distance among them. Public vehicles will not be allowed to take in passengers beyond the seating capacity.
All the passengers and drivers as well as helpers must compulsorily wear masks and gloves while sanitizers must be available at the door of the vehicles.
Meanwhile, transport entrepreneurs also discussed about ways to ensure safety measures anticipating large number of people returning to their homes during the upcoming Dashain festival.
Public vehicles will be allowed to charge a maximum of 50 percent amount to the fares fixed by the government.
Similarly, the cabinet has decided to extend the closure of international borders for a month. As per the cabinet decision, the border entry points will remain closed until October 16. People will not be allowed to enter into the country unless there is an emergency. The government has decided to open two more border entry points for emergency purpose.
According to government officials, Ilam's Pashupatinagar and Darchula have been opened for emergency visit along with 10 other border points. Likewise, Rasuwagadhi border has also been opened especially for transport of goods that have been stranded there since months.