NCOC directs full compliance of Covid SOPs across country during Eid holidays

Special session expresses concern over violation of SOPs, instructions by provincial governments

ISLAMABAD: A special session of the National Command & Operation Cente (NCOC) held on Sunday expressed concern on reported violations of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and has instructed all provincial governments to ensure complete compliance of SOPs with full administrative control during Eidul Fitr holidays.

The NCOC session was chaired by Planning Minister Asad Umar and Lt Gen Hamood uz Zaman Khan to take a review of mobility control measures being implemented across the country from May 8 to 16, 2021.

Chief Secretaries of all provinces also attended the session. A review of SOPs implementation was also carried out.

It was reiterated that during this duration, all markets, businesses and shops will remain closed except essential services, including grocery stores, pharmacies/medical stores, medical facilities and vaccination centres, vegetable, fruit, chicken & meat shops, bakeries, petrol pumps, food takeaways and e-commerce (home delivery), utility services (electricity, natural gas, internet, cellular networks/telecom, call centres) and media.

Moreover, a complete ban on tourism for both locals & outsiders will be enforced.

All tourist resorts, formal and informal picnic spots, public parks, shopping malls; all hotels and restaurants in and around tourist and picnic spots will remain closed during this duration.

Tourist leading to any tourism destination will be sent back and will not be allowed to enter tourist destinations. Bookings of all hotels etc have been cancelled.

Ban on inter-provincial, inter-city and intra-city public transport will be imposed, except private vehicles, taxis/cabs, rickshaws with 50 per cent occupancy.

Mian Abrar
The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He tweets as @mian_abrar and also can be reached at [email protected]

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