The ministry, however, does not have a policy of imposing prohibitory orders to restrict movement during Dashain, Tihar and Chhat, the spokesperson says.
Amid mounting challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Home Affairs has directed all chief district officers and district security chiefs not to leave their respective districts during the festival.
The ministry instructions come in view of the possible spread of the virus during the festival season of Dashain, Tihar and Chhath which will end on November 20.
Home Ministry spokesperson Chakra Bahadur Buda told the Post that district administration offices can ban vehicular movement from one district to another if active coronavirus cases in any district cross the 200 mark.
If active cases surpass 500, the local administration offices can suspend services of various government offices and seal off certain areas, according to the ministry circular to chief district officers.
“We do not have a policy of imposing prohibitory orders in districts because people have to move from one place to another during the festive season. But if the situation in any district goes out of control, the local authorities can take their own measures,” said Buda.
After the government failed to handle the Covid-19 cases, on August 18 it granted discretionary powers to chief district officers to impose prohibitory orders or even a curfew in their respective districts to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
A recent Cabinet meeting also authorised the chief district offices to issue prohibitory orders in districts with more than 500 active Covid-19 cases. According to the Health Ministry, as of Monday there are 11 districts with more than 500 active cases including Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur.