KARACHI: The Sindh government has imposed a ban on public transport while markets, shopping malls picnic spots will remain closed from May 9-16 to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The provincial government announced the new set of restrictions as part of the national “Stay Home- Stay Safe” drive during the Eid holidays amid the third wave of coronavirus.
“Whereas, considering the usual festive activities traditionally undertaken on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr it is apprehended that such activities related to Eid are very likely to contribute to the spread of disease and accordingly it was decided at the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) to take further measures to reduce mobility during forthcoming Eid-ul-Fitr and the guidelines “STAY HOME- STAY SAFE” as discuss at NCOC are adopted for this purpose. The same measures were also discussed and decided during the Covid-19 Task Force meeting dated 6th May, 2021 chaired by the Chief Minister, Sindh keeping in view the disease spread in the country in general and the province of Sindh in particular,” read a notification issued by the Sindh Home Department on Friday.
The additional measures shall apply with effect from the morning of 09th May, 2021 upto the evening of 16th May, 2021.
Under the directives, unnecessary movement of people and gathering of any kind at any place has been banned.
AII tourist spots, picnic places, including beaches (Hawkesbay, Sandspit. Sea View etc), recreational parks shall remain closed.
The ban has also been imposed on all kinds of public transport within the city, inter-city and inter-provincial, except for private vehicles with half seating capacity.
However, taxis, cabs, rickshaws are allowed for essential short distance travels meant for medical care and purchasing of essential items and with 50% occupancy of seats and SOPs.
Transportation of goods is exempted from the ban.
All markets, businesses and shops will remain closed during the period except essential services including the following:
Special Eid bazaars / 'Chand-Raat Bazars' mehndi, jewellery/ornaments shops shall remain closed during the period being non-essential.
What is allowed to open?
Allowed to open irrespective of timings, related operations and transportation including that of the staff is allowed. Strict adherence to SOPs and carrying proper identification is mandatory.
Allowed to open with restrictions:
The closed day of Friday of this week i.e. 07. May 2021 will be an open day for markets, business. and shops from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm in view of Eid before the start of strict lockdown starting from Sunday 09. May, 2021.
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