LAHORE/KARACHI: With coronavirus infections observing a steep decline across the country, provincial governments announced easing of total restrictions, which were imposed in March this year to curtail the pandemic, allowing the businesses to follow their pre-crisis routine but directed them to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) to avoid a second wave.
All business activities have resumed across the country with strict enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOPs). Business hours and weekly holidays have been reverted back to pre-Covid-19 routine.
The Punjab and Balochistan government lifted the lockdown on Monday, allowing all sectors except marriage halls and educational institutes to operate under safety measures outlined by the government.
The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department issued a notification following the decisions made in the August 6 meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) wherein it was decided to lift the restrictions on all sectors on August 10 and resume educational activities from September 15.
“All sectors except marriage halls/marquees and educational institutions are hereby allowed to operate from 10th August 2020 subject to adoption of SOPs/ guidelines,” read the notification.
Religious congregations will be allowed after approval of authorities concerned under health guidelines. Business hours and weekly holidays have been reverted back to pre-Covid-19 routine. All kinds of public transport have also been allowed to operate under SOPs.
The Sindh government also allowed restaurants and other businesses to remain open till 9 pm throughout the week. The government also gave permission to hold events for non-contact sports. All air, train and road transport is being resumed.
It is pertinent to mention here that all restaurants, shopping malls and shops were closed following the lockdown imposed in the country in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
On August 6, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar had announced that the government has decided to reopen dine-in restaurants, cafes, cinemas, parks and gyms from August 10 after a nearly five-month closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.