Islamabad notifies new Covid restrictions, limits business timings

Staff Reporter

The Islamabad administration has imposed new Covid-19 restrictions to curb the spread of novel coronavirus amid fresh Covid wave which include mandatory face masks wearing, ban on indoor weddings, and work from home policy among others.

The capital administration said in a notification issued late Wednesday that fresh measures have been taken in line with the National Command and Control (NCOC) March 10 meeting which devised a nationwide policy to control Covid-19 spread in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

According to the notification, wearing of face masks at government and private offices and public places has been made compulsory and fine will also be imposed in case of violation.

The administration announced the continuation of smart lockdown policy in hotspot areas, early closure of trade centres till 10:00 pm and park till 6:00 pm.

The decision for allowing in-door meals and wedding ceremonies were withdrawn by the capital administration, however, out-door and take-away services will remain available for the nationals.

Cinemas and shrines will not be opened for visitors from March 15 following the latest decision.

A ban has been imposed on the gathering of more than 300 people in an outdoor event. The centre will review the restrictions on April 12.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 vaccination to senior citizens above 60 years of age commenced in the entire district of Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

During a visit to the Corona vaccination center set up at Red Crescent Hospital, Deputy Commissioner Capt (Retd) Anwar ul Haq said that the C vaccination drive to administer the vaccine to elderly people has been started at 20 centers of the district.

The DC said, in addition to the existing 12 centers, 8 more centers have been established so that the maximum number of people could be vaccinated.

Anwar informed that vaccines were also being administered at newly established C centers at Red Crescent Hospital, Sports complex double road, all tehsil headquarter hospitals, and tehsil municipal administration offices.

The DC said the jabs were being given free of cost at vaccination centers while 14,000 elderly people have been registered so far at the centers.

On the occasion, the representative of the World Health Organisation handed over three mobile units to the District Health Authority.

“The mobile units would be utilized in those areas where there is a shortage of vaccinations,” the DC added.

Meanwhile, the district health authority has advised the senior citizens to register themselves at the centers using their government issued National Identity Card numbers.