LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Thursday said that the lockdown would be eased in phases to provide relief to the common man.
He said that the provincial government has taken decisions with unanimity with the federal government and other provinces. “Decision has also been taken to allow functioning of industries linked with construction and concerned shops,” he said, adding that permission had also been granted to open more industries and concerned businesses.
The CM said that industries comprising pipe mills, ceramics, sanitary-wares, paint, electrical cables, switch boards, steel, aluminium and other shops will also be allowed to operate. He said that hardware stores will also be opened, adding it had been decided to open small markets and small shops across the province.
Buzdar maintained that small markets and small shops will remain open from dawn till 5 pm.
He underscored that small markets and small shops will remain closed for two days in a week. However, he added, this rule would not apply to pharmacies, medical stores, milk shops, karyana stores, tandoors, bakeries and other shops that were already open, he added.
The chief minister said that the government has also decided to open OPDs of hospitals. He apprised that it had also been decided with consensus that educational institutions would remain closed till July 15th and examinations of boards had been cancelled and promotions of students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades would be done on the basis of previous year’s result.
The chief minister urged the masses to fully cooperate with the government in the perspective of its decision to ease lockdown. He said that the government was working on both ends by safeguarding lives of the people of the province and resolving problems of the common man.
The CM urged the masses to adopt all standard operating procedures (SOPs) laid down by the government as it was their responsibility. “The more responsibly people act, the more they will be protected from the virus,” he added.