Islamabad admin eases restrictions as positivity drops further

Zubair Qureshi

With Covid-19 positivity rate declining significantly, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) had decided to ease restrictions allowing opening of water parks, swimming pools, amusement parks and tourist points.

According to a notification issued by the Deputy Commissioner/District Magistrate of Islamabad, the decision has been taken in compliance with the guidelines of the NCOC and they will be subject to strict adherence to following protocols:
At all entertainment facilities will ensure 50 per cent capacity. No indoor dining/food court/food corner will be allowed.

As regards to swimming pools, one-time occupancy will be clearly written alongside the pool for strict adherence.

According to the DHO of Islamabad, Dr Zaeem Zia, 30 per cent of the capital’s population has been vaccinated, which is quite an encouraging sign.

Islamabad on Monday reported 79 new cases and three deaths during the last twenty-four hours taking the overall number of cases to 81,196 and fatalities to 760.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) Abrarul Haq on Monday visited F-9 Mass Vaccination Centre along with his team.

Abrarul Haq interacted with visitors there and asked if they were being administered first or second dose.

They told the District Health department’s teams were very efficient and it took each individual hardly twenty to twenty-five minutes after entry to get vaccine.

Abrar appreciated the quick service being provided to the visitors by the DHO and his team.

DHO Dr Zaeem told that daily up to 8,000 persons were being vaccinated at F-9 Mass Vaccination Centre.

Meanwhile schools and colleges resumed on Monday classes for grade-10 and grade-12 with all necessary coronavirus Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in place.

The rest of the classes however will resume from Monday June 7 and staff of all the schools under FDE met on Monday to make preparations for re-opening of schools from next week.