Govt extends ban on dining, wedding halls

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Staff Reporter

The Punjab government has issued new restrictions for different cities as the country continues to battle the third wave of the coronavirus.

All commercial centres will be closed at 6pm on weekdays and remain closed on weekends. These instructions will be followed till April 26.

The Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department said, in its notification, that the following cities have reported positivity ratios higher than 8%.

The cities include: Lahore; Faisalabad; Sargodha; Rawalpindi; Rahim Yar Khan; Gujranwala; Sahiwal; Multan; Bahawalpur; Bahawalnagar; Chiniot; Hafizabad; Kasur; Nankana; Narowal; Sheikhupura; Pakpattan and Toba Tek Singh.

The notification has issued the following guidelines for the people, business centers, wedding halls, and restaurants.

WEDDING HALLS: There will be a complete ban on indoor weddings throughout the province and all types of marriage halls, marquee, and event halls. Outdoor weddings will remain banned in the 18 cities mentioned above.

RESTAURANTS: Indoor dining has been banned across the province, while takeaway and home delivery have been allowed.

A ban has also been imposed on large gatherings.
Sports, festivals, cultural, social, and other events have been banned too.

Cinema halls and theatres will remain shut. However, the ban will not apply to the industrial and agricultural sectors.

Shrines will remain closed in places with a positivity ratio higher than 8%.TRANSPORT: Intercity public transport has been allowed to operate at 50% capacity, while trains have been instructed to allow 70% of passengers.

JOGGING TRACKS TO REMAIN OPEN: Amusement parks will remain shut whereas jogging tracks will be open for people. Residents have been instructed to wear masks and practice social distancing.

WORK FROM HOME: Government and private officers have been instructed to call 50% of their staff members to work.
The notification will come into effect immediately.