Punjab bans pillion riding as province opts for lockdown

By: News Desk      Published: 04:06 PM, 23 Mar, 2020
Punjab bans pillion riding as province opts for lockdown

Punjab government has decided to opt for a lockdown on Tuesday for two weeks. Punjab government took the decision in cabinet committee meeting.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar announced province-wide lockdown beginning on March 24.

“During this time shopping malls, public transport, public places and tourist spots will remain closed. In the larger interest of the public, we have also banned pillion riding, although families will be exempted.”

For the next 14 days, Buzdar said, security forces will ensure that the public abides by government's restrictions. Wasa, Wapda and Edhi will be allowed to operate.

Buzdar added essential service providers such as bakeries, medical stores, and groceries will remain open. The CM clarified that the government was not imposing a sweeping lockdown or a curfew. The orders will remain in place until April 6. Buzdar said coronavirus patients numbers in Punjab have reached 242 and further spread can be avoided only through taking strict decisions.

Buzdar said health workers were the front line troops in fight against coronavirus and would announce special package for them tomorrow.

Earlier, the Punjab government had asked the residents to stay inside while closing all markets and offices for two days. But now the government has decided to go for a complete lockdown in line with the Sindh province, which has already opted for the lockdown.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan has earlier said in a news conference that provinces were free to opt for partial lockdown at their own as per their needs.