The National Coordination Committee (NCC) has imposed an immediate ban on large gatherings as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread in the country.
According to a statement issued, the NCC has imposed a ban on outdoor gatherings that have more than 300 attendees.
The NCC said that the management of any event will be responsible for implementing standard operations procedures (SOPs) pertaining to coronavirus.
If the event leads to the spread of the virus, the management will be held responsible.
On marriages, it said that a ban would be imposed on indoor gatherings from November 20 and that only outdoor events will be permitted with an upper limit of 300 people.
Local authorities will ensure that people wear masks in all crowded spaces, the NCC added.
It must be noted that the ban also extends to political rallies. The Pakistan Democratic Movement has however vowed it will hold all scheduled rallies as planned. Their next rally is due to take place in Peshawar on November 22.
On the other hand, the Punjab government has on Wednesday imposed smart lockdown in various parts of the city.
According to a notification issued by the provincial government, various localities of Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Bhakkar and other cities have been placed under smart lockdown. The Punjab government imposed smart lockdown in COVID-19 hotspots to curb the spread of second wave of novel Coronavirus.
In Lahore, the smart lockdown has been imposed in Valencia Town, Paragon city, Johar Town, DHA and other areas.
Multan’s Jalilabad, Gulgasht Colony, Garden Town, Khan Village Housing Society and other areas have been placed under the mart lockdwon.
In Bahawalpur, Hashmi Garden, Model Town, Satellite Town, New Sadiq Colony and other areas have been sealed.
Schools, mosques, shopping centers, parks etc will remain closed in the areas.