10/07/21: 𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐯𝐢𝐚 𝐏𝐡𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧-PMO
July 10, 2021In order to enhance the effectiveness of the ongoing two weeks lockdown in the town, activities related to export and import via Phuentsholing will be stopped during the period (SC19TF will decide the time).Only critical, health related movements will be allowed.
Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said the decision comes after the feedback received from the residents. “We totally understand the need for a pleasant and comfortable ambience for our friends and families in Phuentsholing during the lockdown,” he said. “They have been enduring the restrictions for more than 80 days. Now is the time for the rest of the nation to show solidarity.”Meanwhile, the prime minister appeals to everyone to come together to withstand the possible impact on the economy in the coming days.
“It is my sincere request to everyone to share the possible brunt from this move,” he said. “I urge all sellers to sustain the existing price of goods as far as possible so that consumers do not suffer.” “I understand that the exporters will face undue stress and losses, while our importers, those with ongoing constructions and all other sectors will see more hardships. On the part of the consumers too, please tolerate the unavailability of commodities of your choice or the cost you are used to paying.” Prime minister said the time calls for us to give one final push together with the hope to bring normalcy after the second dose of vaccination. “If we all share the loss and pain, it will be more endurable for everyone to sail through today and come to the light sooner,” he said. The two-week lockdown was initiated on July 9 in consultation with the locals and taskforce members in Phuentsholing, following emergence of new community cases almost daily despite the restrictions.
The complete lockdown is expected to not just reinforce the efforts to break the chain of transmission but also prepare the town for the upcoming second dose of vaccination campaign. “Even on the vaccination, we need everyone’s support,” prime minister said. “We have to vaccinate at least 80 percent of the population to attain herd immunity. So let us encourage, coordinate and volunteer to get everyone who is eligible on board, because it is not enough for just you or I to be vaccinated.”Prime minister said while we remain indebted for His Majesty’s leadership and boundless sacrifices to protect us from the pandemic, such individual efforts to secure the desired outcome for the benefit of the nation was one opportunity to show gratitude.