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Third wave: Punjab notifies lockdown due to spike in COVID-19 cases

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LAHORE: The Punjab government has imposed a lockdown in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases during the third wave of the pandemic.

Under the new restrictions, all kind of activities will be banned across the province from 6:00 pm to Sehri, whereas, the complete holiday will be observed on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), as well as in some districts, holidays will be observed on Friday and Saturday.

Under the new restrictions, all kind of activities will be banned across the province from 6:00 pm to Sehri, whereas, the complete holiday will be observed on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), as well as in some districts, holidays will be observed on Friday and Saturday.

All types of business activities will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays, but petrol pumps, medical shops, vegetable and butcher shops, necessities shops and vaccination centers will not be subject to this restriction.

Indoor and outdoor wedding and other genres of ceremonies will be completely banned and a complete lockdown will be imposed in the districts having more than an 8 per cent positivity rate of COVID-19 cases.

Restaurants and shrines will be closed in the affected districts including Jhang, Kasur, Khanewal, Lahore, Multan, Mandi Bahauddin, Okara, Rahim Yar Khan, Sialkot, Sargodha, Sheikhupura and Vihari.

According to the notice, train services will resume, the number of passengers will reach 70%, and government and private offices will be restricted from sending 50% of their employees to work at home. The hours of all offices in the province are from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Wearing face masks was declared mandatory for every citizen while coming out of their homes.

Indoor meal service will be completed banned in restaurants; all amusement parks will be closed with exception of the walking and jogging tracks.

The provincial government imposed a strict ban on all gyms, cinema halls, sports, cultural and other genres of events.

For public transport, the government allowed to resume the facility for citizens with a capacity of 50 per cent. However, inter-provincial transport will be completed closed on Saturday and Sunday.

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