Ekushey Book Fair, which usually begins on the first day of February, will be held from February 15-28, subject to certain conditions regarding the Omicron situation amid the Covid-19 global pandemic.

The new date was stated in a letter issued by the Bangla Academy and signed by the secretary of the academy, AHM Lokman, on Sunday.

“Considering the current situation of Covid-19, the government has decided to hold Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2022 from February 15 to February 28, subject to certain conditions. Therefore, all staff involved in the book fair have been requested to take Covid-19 vaccines and booster doses as per the requirement of adults,” wrote Lokman.

The letter also stated that the academy has already sent a letter to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) chief to set up a vaccination booth on the academy premises as per the instruction of the ministry.

Earlier on January 16, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs postponed this year’s Amar Ekushey Book Fair for two weeks due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths across the country.

Last year, the traditional month-long fair was postponed to curb the spread of coronavirus. The fair finally began on March 18 on the Bangla Academy premises and the adjacent venue at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan.

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