LAHORE: Punjab government has extended partial lockdown till May 31, for which a notification has also been issued. All small shops in Punjab will remain open for four days a week.
According to the notice, all major shopping centers and educational institutions in Punjab will remain closed. However, barber shops, beauty salons and gyms are allowed to open four days a week. All grocery stores, Tang Dumen and grocery stores will be open from 9 am to 5 pm.
According to the notice, fruit and vegetable markets and courier services will be open all week.
As of May 31, the marriage hall, marquee, public transportation, concerts and sports activities will be banned.
Earlier, Punjab Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan announced that the ban on sales would be relaxed four days a week (Monday to Thursday) and all stores and markets would continue to operate. However, it will be fully locked from Friday to Sunday.
Provincial Information Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan said that large shopping malls and plazas will not benefit from the lockdown and will remain closed.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also announced that the blockade of coronavirus will be lifted gradually from May 9 and said: “On February 26, Pakistan reported the first case of coronavirus. The country is like the rest of the world The same was blocked because the pandemic quickly spread.
“People worry that locking will affect daily betting, so people are in trouble. Thousands of people die every day around the world.
“Through the grace of Allah Almighty, Pakistan is not under pressure like other countries. Now we must relax the restrictions.
“The number of casualties is increasing, which is expected. Some people worry that the hospital may have insufficient beds. It is still impossible to predict when the outbreak intensity will increase.”