Punjab extends coronavirus restrictions till May 17

By: News Desk      Published: 12:38 AM, 25 Apr, 2021
Punjab extends coronavirus restrictions till May 17

Punjab government Saturday extended the coronavirus restriction till May 17 in the wake of rising cases, reported 24NewsHD.

Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Sara Aslam has issued a notification in this regard under the recommendations from the Cabinet Committee on Corona.

According to the notification, the restrictions that had been imposed till April 24 will now remain in effect till May 17.

Commercial Activities: All commercial activities, establishments and areas throughout the province of Punjab shall be closed by 6:00 PM on weekdays and shall remain completely closed on weekends i.e., Saturday & Sunday (Friday & Saturday in 30 notified districts) except the following:

All Medical Services & Pharmacies / Medical Stores, Bakeries, General / Karyana Stores, Milk / Meat / Fish / Chicken Shops, Tire puncture shops, Fruit & Vegetable shops, Tandoor, Atta chakkies, Postal / Courier services, Driver hotels, Petrol pumps, Oil I depots, LPG outlets & filling plants, Agriculture machinery workshops and spare parts/batteries shops, Printing press, Tailor / a week) Barbershops, Call centres (with 50% staff and no public dealing), Takeaway / Home Delivery from restaurants, Cellular companies & franchises and Money exchange companies will remain open 24 hours seven days a week.

Weddings / Functions: There shall be a complete ban on indoor weddings throughout the province and all types of Marriage Halls, Community Centers, Marquees and Event Halls shall remain closed. Furthermore, outdoor weddings shall also remain banned in Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Jhang, Kasur, Lahore, Multan, Okara, Rawalpindi, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha and Sheikhupura, being cities with a positivity ratio higher than 8%.

Restaurants: There shall be a complete ban on Indoor and outdoor dining throughout the province and only takeaway/home delivery shall be allowed.

Amusement Parks: Amusement parks throughout the province shall remain closed, however, walking/jogging tracks shall remain open subject to strict adherence to COVID-19 SOPs.

Mask Wearing: All Citizens shall use face-covering in public spaces throughout the province.

50% Work from Home & Office timings: All Public / Private offices and establishments throughout the province shall operate from 9:00 AM till 2:00 PM and follow the policy of Work from home for 50% of their staff.

Cinemas: All Cinemas / Theatres shall remain closed throughout the province.

Shrines: All Shrines / Mazaars shall remain closed in Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Mang, Kasur, Lahore, Multan, Okara, Rawalpindi, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha and Sheikhupura, being cities with positivity ratio higher than 8%.

Large Gatherings: There shall be a complete ban on all types of indoor and outdoor gatherings throughout the province.

Sports, Festivals, Cultural and other events: There shall be a complete ban on sports, festivals, cultural, social and other events throughout the province.

Intercity public transport: All types of intercity public transport shall operate at 50% of total capacity.

Rail service: Rail service shall operate at 70% of capacity.

Inter provincial public transport: All types of inter provincial public transport shall remain closed for two days (Saturday & Sunday) except Goods/freight, medical and other emergency services.

Industrial and Agricultural activities and establishments shall remain exempt from the operation of this order.

District administration and Police shall work in close liaison to ensure strict implementation of this order.