Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Science and Technology, on Saturday urges political parties to postpone their planned public gatherings for at least three months to prevent the spread of COVID-19’s second wave.
In a Twitter post, he said the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Coronavirus has issued new standard operating procedures (SOPs).
It has restricted weddings in terms of both numbers of guests and duration of the function and other events in view of the second wave of the deadly virus in Pakistan.
Fawad said political parties should demonstrate a sense of responsibility and postpone their public gathers for a period of three months. He also urged the opposition to put off their anti-government movement until next year.
کرونا کی دوسری لہر کے پیش نظر NCOC نے نئےSOP جاری کئے ہیں اور شادیوں اور دیگر تقریبات کو محدود کرنےکا کہا ہے، میں سمجھتا ہوں سیاسی جماعتوں کو ذمہ داری کا ثبوت دینا چاہئے اور تین ماہ کیلئے جلسے جلوس ملتوی کر دیں، اپوزیشن بھی تحریک اگلے سال تک ملتوی کر دے، زندگی کااحترام کریں
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 10, 2020
Earlier, the NCOC had observed that the coronavirus situation can become worse if SOPs are violated by wedding halls. The command centre also rolled out a set of new guidelines to prevent the resurgence of cases.
As per the new SOPs, only 300 guests inside halls and 500 guests for an outdoor function will be allowed. The duration of ceremonies also reduced to two hours.