Punjab government has finally lifted “smart lockdown” imposed in various cities throughout the province from Monday.
A notification has been issued by the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department according to which businesses, factories, and markets will be allowed to function from 9 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday.
“All businesses, factories, facilities, premises, retail shops, shopping malls and plazas except the aforementioned negative list, are hereby allowed to operate subject to the adoption of SOPs/guidelines from 9 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday.”
However, public places such as spas, cinemas, theatres, and restaurants shall remain closed. Churches will be opened from 9 am to 7 pm throughout the week.
“All educational and training institutes, marriage halls, business centers, expo halls, restaurants (except takeaway and home delivery), theme/amusement parks, public parks, play areas and arcades, beauty parlors and spas, cinemas, theatres shall remain closed.”
“There shall also be a complete ban on gatherings of all kinds for social, religious, or any other purpose at any place, public or private”.
Apart from that, a complete lockdown will be imposed on Saturdays and Sundays except for medical services and pharmacies/medical stores, tire puncture shops, atta chakkies, postal/courier services, driver hotels, petrol pumps, oil depots, LPG outlets and filling plants, agriculture machinery workshops and spare parts shops, printing press, call centers (with 50% staff and no public dealing), takeaway/home Delivery from restaurants (24 hours a day).
Furthermore, grocery stores, fruit and vegetable, milk, and meat shops will be allowed to open from 6 am to 12 am. Inter-city and inter-district public transport will be operational throughout the day.