Nepal ends coronavirus lockdown; International flights to resume August 17 onwwards

Minister for Finance and Communication and Information Technology Yubaraj Khatiwada, who is also the government’s spokesperson, makes public the recent Cabinet decisions at a press conference on Tuesday. Image — RSS

The Government of Nepal has decided to end the national lockdown enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus effective from Tuesday midnight.

Spokesperson of Nepal Government and Minister for Communication and Information Technology Yubaraj Khatiwada informed of the government’s decision.

Restrictions imposed since March 24 were earlier revised in various stages.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Monday had decided to lift temporary ban on all international and domestic flights in the country.

Likewise, long-haul transport services as well as national and international flights would resume from August 17.

With the government announcing resumption of all international and domestic flights from August 17, the Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation informed that it would let all tourism related activities including mountain climbing in the autumn season commence.

However, educational institutions will remain closed until further decision is taken. Admissions for new sessions will open on August 17.

Restrictions will continue in following sectors:

1. Educational institutions (Schools, colleges, tuition centers and training centers)

2. Conferences, seminars and trainings of all types

3. All types of demonstrations, assemblies and gatherings

4. Recreation centers including cinema halls, party palaces and dance bars

5. Saloons and beauty parlors

6. Gym centers and all other health clubs

7. Group sports and all the performances in grounds and stadiums

8. All types of religious and social places

9. Libraries, museums and zoos