Markets to open for five days a week: Asad Umar

Markets to open for five days a week: Asad Umar

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Thursday said that the markets will open for five days a week.

He detailed the decision made by the NCC. He said it would allow small markets and shops from Mojaras and rural areas to open from Fajar to 5 pm.

The minister said that except for retail stores for basic items such as food and medicine, the entire business will be closed within two days of the week.

Asad Umar said that the OPD selected by the hospital will be opened to treat specific diseases.

Earlier, the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), at a meeting chaired by Federal Minister of Planning and Development Asad Umar, proposed to relax the lock-in restrictions after May 9.

The chief ministers of the four provinces and representatives of Azad Jammu, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan attended the meeting. Prime Minister Imran Khan convened a meeting of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC) on Thursday (today) to make a formal decision on this.

However, the NCOC rejected the proposal of the Pakistan Railways to partially resume train services starting May 10. The chief ministers of all four provinces rejected the proposal to resume train operations.

The NCOC has made a number of recommendations to relax the lock-in restrictions in the country to limit the spread of coronavirus. These proposals include the opening of the second phase of the construction industry in Islamabad, the reopening of retail stores and the operation of the selective outpatient department.

Participants also suggested that the store should be opened again from 9 am to 5 pm and then from 8 pm to 10 pm. In the second half of Ramadan, the standard operating procedures for religious celebrations have not been changed. These measures will be the same as previously agreed between the government and Muslims.

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