Sindh govt ready to extend business hours during lockdown

Sindh govt ready to extend business hours during lockdown


Karachi: The Sindh provincial government has nodded that the province will extend its business hours while the coronavirus is blocked due to trader demand.

Sindh ’s Minister of Information Nasir Hussain Shah said: “If a decision is made at the federal level, we will also extend the closing time of the province ’s enterprises.”

He further stated that even if the Supreme Court of Pakistan instructed to extend the business hours of the province, they are ready to implement it.

He said: “We also hope to take all precautions to avoid the spread of the virus while providing relief to the people.” He expressed concern about certain decisions by the provincial government to resume activities during the lock-in period.

It is worth mentioning that the Sindh provincial government on Tuesday established standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be followed in shopping malls to avoid a coronavirus pandemic after the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the opening of shopping malls nationwide. The Chief Justice questioned the “rationality” behind the market closure this weekend.

The Supreme Court instructed Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani to allow all markets in the port city to resume operations and restricted the city ’s administrative department from closing shops and commercial centers.

Under the SOPs prepared with the assent of the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah for shopping malls, no customer would be allowed to enter the malls without covering their faces with a mask while visitors should also be provided with hand sanitizers.

Thermal guns would be compulsorily used to record temperature of the visitors.

The government’s SOPs further directed that those having virus symptoms, people aging above 55-year-old and children should not be allowed to enter the malls.

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