It’s business as usual in Pakistan!
Pakistan Thursday took a big leap towards fully reopening the economy on the back of astonishingly improved coronavirus pandemic situation in the country.
Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar said the government has allowed reopening of the much-awaiting tourism sector, rapport sector, restaurants, cafes, indoor sports venues without audiences and gyms from August 10, after a closure of nearly five months due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
Speaking to the media after a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC), Asad said it had been decided that restaurants, cafes and other eateries will be allowed to reopen by August 10. However, standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be finalised in the next few days, he added.
The federal minister said the whole world has praised Pakistan on its fight against coronavirus and astonished on the positive results which the country has gained in this time period.
“The coronavirus has not ended yet,” Planning Minister Asad Umar said.
The NCC also decided to open countrywide shrines, shop without any time bar restrictions, airlines and railways, theatres and cinemas from 10 August.
Expo centres and beauty parlours have been reopened from August 10.
All the hotels and restaurants at the tourist spots will be reopened from August 8.
Planning Minister Asad Umar said that educational institutions will be reopened from 15 September and for that final review will be held on September 7 meeting. He said the second wave of COVID-19 has now hit Iran and other countries and Pakistan should remain vigilant.
Asad said the government has decided to reopen the transport sector and also allowed the pillion riding with SOPs to prevent the spread of the virus. People will not be allowed to stand in the metro buses. He said the SOPS regarding passenger capacity in the public transport as well as air-travel will remain intact till September 30.
The government has allowed the wedding ceremonies to be held in hotels and wedding after September 15.
Planning Minister said non-contact sports has also being allowed to resume but without audiences, although tournaments and matches will be permitted. Kabaddi, wrestling and rugby and any other sports involving physical contact have been barred.