The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has on Sunday issued new guidelines to curb the spread of the sharp spike in COVID-19 cases amidst the third wave of the deadly virus.
The NCOC has announced to suspend inter-provincial transport for two days a week (Saturday and Sunday).
It has limited inter-provincial public transport only on weekends. However, cargo trucks, containers, medical and emergency services will be spared from the limitations.
The new decision will come into effect from April 10th until April 25th. Pakistan Railways will continue to run passenger trains seven days a week with 70% occupancy, added NCOC.
Moreover, the NCOC has directed the administrations of the Masajid and the Imambargahs to hold Taraweeh prayer in the yards during the month of Ramadan.
It further said that if during Ramadan, the government feels that these precautionary measures are not being observed or the number of affectees has risen to a dangerous level then the government will revise its policy.
As per guidelines, carpet or rugs will not be used in Masajid and Imambargahs and prayers will be offered on the bare floors.
It said that before and after the prayers, people should avoid gathering in crowds while if there is a courtyard in Masajid and Imambargahs, prayers will be offered there and not inside the halls.
Similarly, citizens older than 50 years, adolescent children, and those suffering from flu, cough, etc should avoid coming to Mosques or Imambargahs for prayers and Taraweeh prayers. They are advised to offer their prayers at homes.
The floors of the Mosques and Imambargahs should be cleaned with chlorine solution in water.
The NCOC said that Mosques and Imambargahs should constitute committees consisting of responsible individuals who will ensure adherence to precautionary measures.
Earlier, the NCOC had planned to tighten Coronavirus related restrictions to curb the spread of the deadly pandemic.
The meeting took place today under the chairmanship of Minister for Planning Asad Umar in which the ongoing dangerous situation of the novel Coronavirus came under discussion.
People would be only allowed to travel in case of emergency however markets across Pakistan would be completely closed on Saturday and Sunday, said NCOC.
The NCOC has also announced strict restrictions in cities with a positive coronavirus rate of more than 8%, which will be applied till April 11.