The National Command and Operations Center announced on Saturday that public transportation between provinces, cities, and within cities will resume operations tomorrow (Sunday), instead of the previously announced date of resumption of business on May 17.
Today, the agency that manages the country’s response to the coronavirus convened a special meeting to review the implementation of standard operating procedures throughout the “stay home and stay safe” period from May 8 to 16. spread.
It was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar and co-chaired by National Coordinator Lieutenant General Hamood Uz Zaman Khan.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan also participated, while the provincial chief secretaries attended the session through video link.
According to NCOC’s statement, the forum was “satisfied with SOP compliance” during Eid.
The statement said: “The forum appreciates the efforts of all stakeholders, especially the cooperation of the public across the country.”
After the review was conducted, the following decisions were announced:
- All inter-provincial, inter-city and intra-city public transport to resume from May 16 instead of previously given date of May 17. The transport will, however, be operative with 50% occupancy of passengers.
- Railways will maintain its operation with 70% occupancy.
- All markets and shops will remain open till 8pm from May 17 onwards.
- Normal working hours for offices will be resumed from May 17 onwards with the condition of 50% work from home.
According to the statement, a review of the remaining guidelines will be carried out on May 19.
The forum emphasised on the continued monitoring of SOP enforcement and appealed to public for adherence of these SOPs.
The NCOC also urged the public to ensure prior registration on 1166 prior to walking in for vaccination.