QUETTA: The Balochistan government on Monday extended till Aug 17 the province-wide smart lockdown imposed to curtail the pandemic, saying the “threat of coronavirus still exists”.
According to a notification, “restrictions on social distancing and precautionary measures are required to be put in place for the safety of human lives”. The lockdown had expired on July 31.
According to the order, there will be a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people, sit-ins and processions at public places during the period. More than two people will not be allowed to travel in the same car while pillion-riding is also prohibited unless the second person is a female member of the family, a child or an elderly person.
All people will have to wear a face mask or cover their faces with a piece of cloth at public places, the notification stated, adding that all educational institutions will remain closed.
Marriage halls, parks, auditoriums, cinemas, farmhouses and places of entertainment will also remain closed during the lockdown while markets and shops are allowed to open from 9 am to 7 pm.
Tandoors, stores selling dairy products, pharmacies, blood banks and grocery stores are allowed to remain open for 24 hours, seven days a week, the notification added. Restaurants and food delivery services are also exempted from time restrictions for home delivery and take-away.
The government also allowed inter-city and intra-city transport operations to resume under standard operating procedures (SOPs), which include disinfecting the vehicle, keeping the seat adjacent to a passenger vacant, installing hand sanitisers and wearing face masks.
Essential services, petrol pumps, tire repair shops will also be allowed to remain open, the notification added.
Balochistan has reported 11,774 cases and 136 deaths so far. The province has not reported any additional death for over 10 days.