Govt extends work hours after traders' protests
Markets in Sindh are going to remain open till 8pm, provincial government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab announced on Thursday night.
He said the government expects that market associations, shop owners and the general public will follow SOPs and wear masks.
Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani in a statement said that markets will remain closed only on Sunday, and not on Friday too. The government earlier had decided to close the markets for two days of the week.
This is to inform that markets in #Sindh will remain open till 8 PM. It is again expected from the market associations, shop owners and citizens that due regard to SOPs shall be observed & everyone including the shopkeeper and visitor shall wear a mask— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) November 26, 2020
Market associations and shop owners protested against the government’s decision to close all markets and places of business by 6pm. The government has imposed strict measures to control the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Nineteen people lost their lives due to COVID-19 in Sindh in the past 24 hours, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Thursday.
In a statement, Shah said 1,402 new cases, including 1,148 from Karachi, were reported in the province.
The virus has so far claimed 2,885 lives in Sindh. The province currently has 17,585 active cases of which 684 are in critical condition.
Pakistan has been hit by the second wave of coronavirus, compelling the authorities to shut down educational institutions across the country and announce new restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.
In Sindh, markets and business must be closed on the weekends.
Business centres, indoor gyms, indoor sports facilities, shrines and cinemas and theatres have been shut indefinitely.
The provincial government has also banned indoor weddings and only outdoor weddings with a maximum of 200 guests are allowed. Food at ceremonies is to be distributed in packed boxes instead of buffets.