Complete details of Lockdown in major Punjab cities
The Punjab government enforced a lockdown in Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, and Faisalabad on Tuesday due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases during the fourth wave of the pandemic. Here are the complete details of the lockdown in Punjab’s major cities for those wishing to know.
According to a statement provided by the provincial administration, the lockdown was enforced on Tuesday, August 3, and will remain in effect till August 31.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) made the decision to re-impose limitations after reviewing the pandemic’s worsening condition in the country.
Markets and businesses would be permitted to operate till 8:00 p.m., according to a Punjab government announcement.
Closed days: Saturdays and Sundays will be regarded as “closed days,” with all businesses and commercial activity remaining closed. However, there are several exemptions for the closed days:
Pharmacies/Medical stores, Medical Facilities and Vaccination Centers, Petrol Pumps. Tandoors, Bakeries, Grocery / Karyana stores, Milk / Dairy Shops, Sweet Shops. Vegetable / Fruit Shops, Chicken / Meat Shops, Food (24 hours Takeaways and E-commerce / Courier / Postal day) Services & Utility Services (Electricity, Natural Gas, Internet, Cellular Networks / Telecom, Coll Centers. Media). Auto workshops. Oil Depots and all kinds of mandis including grain, fruit, cattle, and vegetable mandis.
The Punjab government has issued an order prohibiting indoor dining, but outdoor dining is permitted till 10 p.m. The provincial government has allowed restaurants to provide customers with the takeaway service 24 hours a day.
Weddings/Functions: Indoor weddings shall be banned w.e.f. August 8, 2021. Outdoor weddings shall be allowed with a maximum of 400 guests under strict COVID protocols. Timings for outdoor weddings shall be till 10:00 pm.
Gatherings: A ban has been imposed on all types of indoor gatherings including cultural, musical/religious/miscellaneous events. However, outdoor gatherings shall be allowed for a maximum 400 individuals under strict COVID protocols.
Extended Lockdown: Broader lockdowns with stringent enforcement protocols based on risk assessment shall continue.
Wearing of masks: All citizens shall compulsorily wear masks in public spaces.
Tourism: The policy of controlled tourism for vaccinated individuals shall continue.
Sports: There shall be a complete ban on contact sports, which include (Karate, Boxing, Martial Arts, Rugby, Water Polo, Kabaddi & Wrestling).
Gyms: All gyms shall remain open only for vaccinated individuals/members.
Shrines: The Punjab government has ordered the complete closure of shrines in the cities.
Cinemas: There shall be a complete closure of cinemas.
Public Transport: Maximum occupancy level of public transport has been reduced from 70% to 50%. Ban has now been imposed on all types of snacks being served to passengers during the journey by the transport services.
Railways: Rail services shall continue to operate with 70% occupancy under strict COVID protocols.
Recreation: All amusement parks, water sports, and swimming pools shall remain closed. However, public parks shall remain open under strict COVID protocols.
Industrial and agricultural operations and establishments would be excluded from the shutdown, according to the Punjab government’s announcement.
In major cities, new restrictions will be enforced.
The notification was issued after Asad Umar, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives, announced new restrictions in major cities on Monday in response to the country’s growing number of coronavirus cases.
The minister told a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, alongside Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan, that all decisions were made with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s consent.
The new coronavirus restrictions, according to the ministry, will come into effect on August 3 and will last until August 31.
In Punjab, limitations would be imposed in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, and Multan; in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, additional restrictions will be enforced in Peshawar and Abbottabad, according to Umar.
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