KARACHI: The Sindh Home Department on Wednesday announced a strict ban on the movement of all persons from 8 pm to 8 am whereas all grocery, convenience, general and departmental stores, which were earlier allowed to remain open, would now also remain shut during the said time, until March 25.
“The preventive measures, which came into effect immediately from Wednesday, have been taken the provincial government to contain the spread of COVID-19, in exercise of powers conferred Section 3(1) of the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act 2014,” said the Sindh Home Department spokesperson.
No medical stores, except those situated within or adjacent to public and private hospitals, are allowed to operate except these times either.
Movement of any person is strictly prohibited during the notified time except in medical emergency or staff responding to issues related to essential services like electricity, gas, emergency and hospital staff.
The official reiterated industries except that which is related to essential food, domestic consumption and medical items are on complete lockdown and not allowed to operate at all.
Those industrial units or establishments making, producing or packaging any non-essential items or items that are unrelated to food and health shall close their operations as unnecessary gathering of factory workers and their movement in mass numbers seen during the day poses a great threat of the spread of COVID-19.
Government offices and other essential services offices, which are allowed vide an earlier order, shall operate only with skeleton staff or technical staff.
The provincial government has further empowered commissioners and deputy commissioners of their various districts and divisions in Sindh to issue any further orders, directions or notices in coordination with respective DIGs and SSPs for the implementation of this order in letter and spirit.
Any person disobeying these directives or any person acting as a facilitator, in any manner, in defiance of this order issued under the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Assistant Commissioners (ACs), as well as personnel of law enforcing agencies above the rank of inspector or equivalent, are empowered under Section 3(1) of the relevant law to take any legal action they deem appropriate.