Sindh government has announced to enforce complete lockdown across the province from 12 noon to 3 pm on Friday (today) to restrict people from participating in the congregational Jummah prayers.
The restriction as part of the restrictive measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus epidemic. Under the directive no traffic would be allowed on the road during this time period.
In a statement issued Sindh Information and Local Government Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah announced to enforce province-wise complete lockdown from 12 noon to 3 pm on Friday (today). He said that stopping people from the congregational prayers was a painful act but it was inevitable to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic. He said that the mosques on Friday would not be closed but only three to five persons among the mosque staffers could participate in the Jummah prayers.
The minister said that people should realize that this painful decision was taken in the best public interest to safeguard their health and lives against from the deadly viral disease. He said that people should realise the gravity of the situation and should duly observe the lockdown to keep themselves and their families confined to their homes in the present emergency. He said that the government could not succeed against the Coronavirus till the time it gets support and cooperation of the masses. It is against this backdrop, “ the government has decided to enforce complete lockdown in the province on Friday as during this time the government will make sure that there would be no vehicular traffic on roads,” he said.
Shah said that people have shown massive generosity in donating to the provincial government’s Corona Emergency Relief Fund and it is continuing. He was of the opinion that the federal and Sindh government should operate a single emergency relief fund for the purpose. The members of the Sindh Assembly have also donated their one-month salary to the provincial government’s emergency relief fund.
Meanwhile, Sindh Home Department has also issued a separate notification to order complete closure of public, private, transport, business other public activities on Friday. The notification only allowed three to five people to offer congregational prayers in the mosques.