Health guidelines are being ignored utterly at most tourist spots, zoos, safari parks and other entertainment centers when the second wave of coronavirus transmission may threaten to sweep the country ahead the winter.
Health experts expressed concern over the neglect of hygiene rules when there is another fear of increase the spread of coronavirus in winter.
Although it learned that most of the tourists are traveling to the Sundarbans in compliance with the health rules. A significant number of tourists have flocked to Lawacherra national echo park also.
However, according to the special instructions, the authorities have made all preparations to ensure a smooth and beautiful environment for the visitors keeping in view the hygiene rules. Tourist places and recreation centers have been opened to reduce the discomfort and stress of the people in the corona situation.
According to sources from Sundarbans, concerned authorities have been preparing for the last few days. Travel boats have been washed and cleaned. Due to the increase in corona infection, the Forest Department has announced a halt to tourist and boat traffic in the Sundarbans from March 19. The tour operators conduct travel activities in the Sundarbans from October to April.
Meanwhile, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur has also opened. Surrounded by forests of about four and a half thousand animals, including more than two hundred mammals of 22 species, the park is in full swing.
All kinds of preparations have been taken including hygiene. The authorities hope that the various animal cubs born in the park during the closure will give extra joy to the visitors. Visitors can enter the safari park six days a week with a ticket of fifty taka except Tuesdays.
Restrictions on limited attendance in the tourist spots have been lifted due to crowds of visitors. At the same time, the previous routine has also increased the scope of time. Authorities said they are not failed to allow anyone to enter without a mask, as well as to conduct awareness campaigns.
But moving around Mirpur zoo, this correspondent found that most of the people were not put mask on their face. In front of the cages of various animals and birds, social distance was also lost.
The zoo in Dhaka’s Mirpur was closed on March 20 after the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. It has opened on various conditions in compliance with hygiene rules and wearing masks..
Rasmiyah Akther from Lalbagh in old Dhaka was walking with her family without a mask. When asked, she told that “I have been stuck in home for so long. Now everything is normal everywhere. What would have been the problem if it had been opened earlier? In Such a large area, why I have to wear a mask? The risk is very low here.”
Abdul Latif, curator of the Bangladesh National Zoo told that they do not allow anyone to enter without a mask. The campaign continued. It is also being announced in mike. Even then, many people do not follow the rules of hygiene after entering the zoo.”
“It is a matter of visitors consciousness. Visitors need to cooperate us,” he said adding, “We have discouraged them to ignore rules. But some very enthusiastic visitors did it. We are trying to figure out how to stop it.”
Meanwhile, to tackle the second wave of Covid-19, the government has been trying to implement the usage of masks to minimize infections.
In the wake of Covid-19 resurgence in many European and American countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on October 19 urged all to follow health guidelines and use face-masks in public places and gatherings, aiming to prevent the possible second wave of the pandemic in Bangladesh.