KCCI urges Sindh govt to allow trade activities ahead of Eidul Fitr

Sindh reduces market business hours as coronavirus cases rise


Karachi: In order to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Sindh, the provincial government has reduced business hours and instructed to close all markets before 10pm.

According to a notice issued by the Ministry of the Interior of Sindh Province, buffets during marriages have been banned; however, the province can allow up to 300 guests to hold weddings until 10 pm.

The government has also made wearing of masks at all public and private places mandatory. All offices have also been directed to function on 50 percent staff while remaining staff will work from home.

The smart lockdown, which is applicable till April 15, has also banned indoor dining at hotels and restaurants; however eateries are allowed to offer takeaway and home delivery services.

On the other hand, Punjab has also imposed a major lockdown in seven cities from today (Monday). The lockdown will remain in force for a period of two weeks in the cities of Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala and Gujrat.

The notification issued by the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department said that there has been a constant increase in positivity percentage in Covid-19 cases in the province which poses a serious threat to public health.

According to the notice, the major blockade will restrict the movement of people. It is completely forbidden to hold various gatherings for social, religious or other purposes in public or private places; marriage and banquet halls, community centers and gates will remain closed; indoor and outdoor dining is completely prohibited, and only take-out and home delivery are allowed.

All markets and bazaars in these seven cities will be closed before 6:00 pm on weekdays, and will be completely closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

However, hospitals, medical shops, bakeries, grocery stores, dairy shops, meat and chicken shops, tandoorn, fruit and vegetable shops, and gasoline pumps are not subject to these restrictions.

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