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Coronavirus restrictions: Outdoor dining till 10pm, cultural festivals banned

Decision taken during NCOC meeting on Monday

SAMAA | and - Posted: Mar 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 10 months ago
Posted: Mar 22, 2021 | Last Updated: 10 months ago

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Federal Planning, Development, Reforms, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has announced new restrictions for Pakistan as the country battles the third wave of the novel coronavirus.

The following decisions have been approved by the National Command Operation Center:

  • Sports, cultural festivals banned
  • 50% passengers allowed for intra-city travel
  • 70% passengers allowed in trains
  • Parks, except jogging tracks, to remain closed
  • All indoor events banned
  • Outdoor dining allowed till 10pm
  • Markets, shop and other commercial avenues to close by 8pm
  • Congregations banned
  • Shrines and cinemas to remain closed

The order will be implemented from Monday night. The restrictions will be reviewed during the next NCOC meeting on April 11.

Pakistan to increase restrictions

Pakistan has decided to increase restrictions on activities contributing to a sharp increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate, Asad Umar said earlier in the day. The decision was taken during a meeting of the National Command Operation Center on Monday.

“The provincial and ICT administration were also directed to tighten implementation of SOPs and crack down on violations which are taking place,” he said in a tweet after the meeting.

There has been an increase in coronavirus cases in the country and many people have termed it the country’s third coronavirus wave. Pakistan reported 3,669 cases in the last 24 hours. Twenty people died, while 1,686 people recovered.

Violation of SOPs

On Sunday, the Islamabad administration sealed 660 restaurants for not implementing SOPs such as ensuring people are wearing masks and maintaining social distance.

Many shops were sealed too for staying open till late in violation of the time limit set for them.

Twenty-nine wedding halls were sealed in Lahore for not closing at 10pm. Fines were imposed on two restaurants for not implementing the SOPs.

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