The District Administration Offices (DAOs) of the three districts in the Kathmandu Valley, Lalitpur, Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, have collectively decided to extend the ongoing prohibitory order till July 15 with further relaxations.

The new rules, in effect from Tuesday, will allow all the public and private vehicles inside the Valley to operate without an odd-even rule system.

Smaller public vehicles such as microbuses and tempos will now be allowed to operate, following proper health safety guidelines.

Earlier, the DAOs had prohibited public vehicles, except buses, to ply the roads.

Public transport will not be allowed to carry more passengers than the total seating capacity. Drivers and co-drivers will need to wear masks as well as visors and gloves, and sanitizers must be placed at the door of the vehicle.

The opening time of shops in the Kathmandu Valley has also been extended. Now all the shops will be allowed to open till 6 pm.

Meanwhile, the authorities have shown relaxation in relation to the education sector. It has now been decided that physical examinations can be conducted in halls with no more than 25 students at one time.

However, restrictions will continue on the operation of activities that can lead to overcrowding such as conferences, cinema halls, party palaces, swimming, gyms, sport clubs, gathering at public spaces, religious gatherings, as well as educational institutions.

With the decrease in COVID-19 cases in the Valley and elsewhere, the authorities have started gradual relaxation in the prohibitory orders.