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Covid-19: Pakistan to reopen offices, business days changed

NCOC has decided to ease restrictions

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 9, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jun 9, 2021 | Last Updated: 4 months ago

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The National Command and Operation Centre has decided to ease restrictions across Pakistan following a downward trend in the number of coronavirus cases.

A meeting, chaired by Federal Planning Development and Special Initiatives Minister Asad Umar, decided to ease some restrictions from June 15, Tuesday.

The following decisions were taken:

  • Businesses to now remain open six days a week as opposed to five days before. The federating units will decide the days they will remain close.
  • Gyms to reopen for vaccinated members.
  • Only selective non-contact sports will be permitted.
  • Contact sports such as karate, boxing, MMA, rugby, kabbadi, wrestling, and water polo to remain banned.
  • Festivals and cultural events are not permitted.
  • Shrines and cinemas to remain closed.
  • The policy for calling in 50% of employees to work has been relaxed and offices can call in everyone now.
  • The two-day ban on inter-provincial transport has been lifted.
  • Restriction on 50% occupancy for public transport will be relaxed to 70% occupancy.  • 
  • Restrictions on recreation, education sector, mask-wearing, Railways, and inbound passengers policy will remain in place.

Pakistan reported 77 Covid-19 deaths and 1,118 new cases in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate stands at 2.54%.

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