The authorities decided to allow shopping malls and shops to remain open till 9:00pm instead of 5:00pm in Dhaka city.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Shafiqul Islam confirmed the development to Prothom Alo.

The government enforced ‘complete lockdown’ for eight days across the country on 14 April and later extended for seven days to check the spread of coronavirus.

However, the cabinet division on Sunday relaxed the restriction for shopping malls and shops on condition that it could be open from 10:00am in the morning to 5:00pm following health guidelines.

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The businessmen, however, were pressing for more time.

New Market business association’s secretary Dewan Aminul Islam told Prothom Alo that following health guidelines would be easier if the markets remain open for more time.

The businessmen were urging the authorities to extend the time on that consideration, he added.

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