The government of Punjab has imposed a ‘smart lockdown’ in the province, effective till August 5, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus during Eid ul Azha.
According to the details, this step comes as Punjab reported zero deaths for the first time in two months.
According to a notification issued by the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department dated July 27, all educational and training institutes, marriage halls, business centers, expo halls, restaurants, eateries, amusement parks, play areas and arcades, beauty parlors and spas, cinemas and theaters will remain closed.
“There shall be a complete ban on sporting tournaments/matches (indoor and outdoor) except non-contact professional sports without spectators.
All contact sports and indoor sports clubs/facilities shall remain closed.” The notification read.
The notification added that there will also be a complete ban on gatherings of all kinds for social, religious or any other purpose at any place, public or private.
“All retail shops, markets, shopping malls and plazas shall remain closed,” the notification said.
However, exceptions made for some, including pharmacies postal services, petrol pumps and takeaway/home delivery for restaurants, allowed to operate for 24 hours.
Grocery stores, bakeries, corner shops, fruit and vegetable shops, meat and milk shops and tandoors allowed to operate from 6 am to 12 am while inter-city and inter-district public transport; allowed to operate round-the-clock.