The Punjab government decided on Monday to reimpose a number of restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
According to the details, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar presided over a meeting to review the deteriorating Covid situation and decide on whether or not to impose a blanket lockdown in cities having higher Covid-19 positivity rate.
The meeting decided to ban wedding ceremonies, including both indoor and outdoor, from April 1.
It also decided that markets and shopping malls across the province will close at 6pm.
The Orange Line Metro Train and Metro Bus services will also be closed at 6pm.
They also decided to shut all public parks and ban dine-in services at restaurants.
Religious, political, social, and cultural gatherings and all kinds of sports activities are also banned in the province.
Wearing Masks is compulsory, and those who do not wear masks will be fined, while the vehicles of drivers will be confiscated if they found to be violating COVID-19 SOPs.
After the meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Special Assistant Firdous Ashiq held a joint press conference. The Punjab Chief Minister said that ‘We are fighting the third wave of Corona which is more dangerous.’
Usman Buzdar said that the infection rate in Lahore in 24 hours was recorded 21%, which is alarming.
He said that no restrictions have been imposed on economic and industrial activities. Usman Buzdar said that lockdown will be imposed in districts with more than 12% positive cases from April 1.
‘People’s lives are at stake, it is not the matter of likes and dislikes,’ said the Chief Minister, adding that, ‘We have to ensure the use of masks, and action can be taken against the violators.’
On the other hand, the Balochistan government has imposed Section-144 in the provincial metropolis, Quetta in view of the rapid spread of Coronavirus.
According to a notification issued in Quetta, there would be a complete ban on holding gatherings of five or more people at any place in Quetta for fifteen days to protect them from COVID-19.