On 30 January 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka issued a Security Alert for upcoming elections in Dhaka, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: Dhaka Metropolitan Area

“Event: The Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation Mayoral elections are scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2020. The Election Commission has imposed the following vehicle movement restrictions. These will impact vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns citywide and within the Diplomatic Enclave.

“Dates: January 30-February 2

  • Time: 12:00am – 06:00am
  • Movement Ban: No motorcycles will be permitted in election areas. Pedestrian movement is allowed.

“Date: February 1

  • Time: ALL DAY, 24 hours
  • Movement Ban: Restaurant, entertainment, and shopping facilities will be closed. Only pedestrian movement will be allowed, even within the diplomatic enclave.

“Dates: February 1-February 2

  • Time: 12:00am-06:00am
  • Movement Ban: Auto rickshaws, taxicabs, microbuses (vans), jeeps (SUVs), pickups, cars, buses, trucks, and other passenger vehicles will not be allowed to move in the election areas. Pedestrian movement will be allowed.

“Exceptions/exemptions will be extended only to credentialed vehicles registered with the Bangladesh Election Commission.

“Diplomatic plated vehicles are also subject to vehicle movement restrictions