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Punjab govt to reopen shopping malls, public transport

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

16th May, 2020. 08:06 pm
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Punjab govt to reopen shopping malls, public transport

The Punjab government further relaxed the lockdown and allowed the opening of shopping malls and public transport.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar has given permission to run public transport in the province and has called a meeting with the transporters to finalize the SOPs in this regard.

The decision was taken following reports of increased traffic congestion.

Sources close to the matter said that the working hours of shopping malls have also been fixed and standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be strictly enforced in them.

He said that thermal temperature monitoring, use of hand sanitizers and masks would be ensured.

In addition, according to Punjab Commerce Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal, shopping malls and automobile industry will be allowed to operate from Monday, May 18.

He said that Standard Procedures (SOPs) for working with relevant departments have been finalized.

In this regard, the sources said that it has been decided to allow the production units of the automobile industry to work seven days a week.

“Showrooms will be allowed to operate four days a week,” he said.

It may be recalled that a partial lockdown was announced in Punjab on March 23 due to Coronavirus, after which the number of Coronavirus cases in the province has been steadily increasing.

The lockdown was later extended on April 14, but in view of the rising number of cases, the Prime Minister announced a two-week extension on April 14.

Asad Umar, the federal minister for planning and head of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), announced on April 24 that the lockdown would be extended to May 9, business community recorded strong protest against the extension of the lockdown.

However, a few days ago, Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced a conditional resumption of business life with strict caution from May 9, under which most businesses were allowed to open.

On May 9, the Punjab government decided to ease the lockdown and allowed some businesses to open, but extended the overall lockdown until May 31.

The number of deadly coronavirus cases in Pakistan is increasing day by day and even today with the emergence of new cases, the total number of confirmed cases has reached 38,209 while the death toll has reached 822 and more than 10,000 patients have recovered.

In Punjab, 13,914 people are infected with the virus while 234 deaths have been reported.

Also Read: Pakistan Conducted Record 14,878 Tests of Coronavirus in a Day

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