Memo submitted for the reopening of commercial establishments at Cox’s Bazar

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Royal Tulip Complex in Cox’s Bazar. Photo file

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Royal Tulip Complex at Cox's Bazar

Royal Tulip Complex in Cox’s Bazar. Photo file

Cox’s Bazar Hotel-Motel and Guesthouse Officers’ Association today submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through the district administration, requesting permission to reopen business establishments and tourist sites in the area coastal.

Subir Chowdhury Badal, president of the association, handed the memorandum to Mohammad Ashraful Afsar, additional deputy commissioner (recipes) of Cox’s Bazar, around 11:00 a.m., reports our local correspondent.

Before submitting it, Badal and several members of the association gathered in front of the office of the deputy commissioner to assert their demands.

Upon receipt of the memorandum, Ashraful said he would present it to the prime minister’s office in Dhaka, requesting his attention in this regard.

Badal, in the memo, said the local administration banned the movement of tourists and commoners in the Cox’s Bazar beach area on March 20 and a few days later authorities announced a lockdown there to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Due to the lockdown, around 500 hotels, motels, cottages and guesthouses in the country’s main tourist hub remained closed, and around a lakh of people lost their jobs, he said.

Many hotels and motels in the tourist spots of Dhaka, Chattogram and Kuakata have already been opened to visitors.

Under these circumstances, it is not wise to close hotels, motels and sea beaches in Cox’s Bazar, it is rather illogical, Badal said in the memo.


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