I am Sharariar from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am a businessman, I have a shop which is closed now for lockdown. I have some online business too, they are also closed for now because I don’t have any delivery man. I gave them their wages and told them to stay home as government says.

The local people of Bangladesh don’t want to understand the importance of staying home. Our government first introduced 10 day shutdown on 26th March. Which now extend to 25th April.  In line with this, on 11 April, it was communicated that all public transport services will be suspended until 25 April. The government asks people to stay home in efforts to contain the spread of the virus. But soon after 24 March announcement, people started leaving the capital for their village homes in droves.

On 1 April 2020, the finance ministry unveiled the guidelines for disbursement of Tk 5,000 crore stimulus package. Businesses can avail of funds from the package at 2% interest to pay their worker’s salaries for up to three months. The salaries must be paid to either a bank or mobile financial account. On 5 April, the Prime Minister announced four fresh financial stimulus packages of TK 67,750 crore. The PM said the government simultaneously developed four programmes under the plan, to be implemented in phases categorized as Immediate, Short and Long. On 25 March, the Bangladesh Government sought $1 billion in support from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as the country looks to support its people, businesses and industries reeling from the pandemic.

Some business owners come forward to help the needy people in this time. Which is so good. I also helped 15 families by buying them one month necessity. I will invite all the people around the world to help the needy people in this pandemic.

I am at the end of my story. The business situation is not good in Bangladesh. The situation will be worse if we don’t follow the government announcements. So in order to stay safe we have to stay home.