Residents of the Wari area are adapting to lockdown measures, and cooperating more with the authorities, on the second day that restrictions on movement were imposed in the area.
"Some people wanted passes to go out, but the number of such people was lower than yesterday," said local ward councilor Sarwar Hasan to The Business Standard on Sunday.
"Mostly businessmen wanted to exit the area. We provided passes to a few of them, but mostly we tried to convince them not to go out for their wellbeing and that of their families," he added.
To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the government has put the capital's Wari (Ward-41) area under a lockdown for 21 days from early Saturday.
Eight roads and alleys have been blocked-off by bamboo barricades set up at the entrances.
These are: Tipu Sultan Road, Jahangir Road, Dhaka-Sylhet Highway (Joykali Temple to Balda Garden), Larmini Street, Hare Street, War Street, Rankin Street, and Nawab Street.
Members of law enforcement agencies surrounded the entire area and no people were seen roaming around there.
During the 21-day-lockdown, all offices, schools, colleges, businesses, shops, markets and places of worship in the area will remain closed.
Only a medicine company in that area has been allowed to operate on a limited scale, for a limited time during the day, as it is an emergency service, said Sarwar.
The company can also use 14 vehicles to carry medicine, he said, adding that, "From today we are not allowing in any other vehicles, except for emergency services – not even the cars belonging to the doctors who are providing treatment here."
All shops, except pharmacies, are remaining closed. However, three super-shops in the area are being kept open on a limited scale to meet the residents' needs for essential items.
Some 200 volunteers are working following the direction of the local councilor of the Dhaka South City Corporation to help the residents of the area.
Previously on June 10, the East-Rajabazar area was put under lockdown on a pilot basis to curb the spread of Covid-19. After getting "satisfactory outputs," the authorities lifted the restrictions partly on June 30.