Punjab cracks down on public transport violating SOPs



Staff Reporter

The Punjab government has allowed inter-district public transport to operate till May 10 (Monday), with the view to facilitate the public reach their hometowns for Eidul Fitr celebration.

Now, the Public transport will be suspended in the province from 6pm on May 10 to 6pm on May 15.

The Punjab government earlier decided to impose a lockdown across the province for two weeks starting May 8.

Tourist spots in the province will remain closed and checkpoints will be established in every city to restrict the movement of people.

The measures are aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus. The virus has so far claimed 8,951 lives in Punjab, while the number of confirmed cases in the province stands at 316,334.

Meanwhile, the district administration seized 13 buses in Multan for operating with a 100% capacity.

According to the government’s precautionary measures, public transport is only allowed to board 50% passengers.

Similar action was taken in Sahiwal as well. The city’s assistant commissioner said that there’s a zero-tolerance policy against residents violating the SOPs.

On the other hand, 12 shops in Sahiwal were sealed, and fines worth Rs23,000 were imposed.

FIRs against two shops were registered as well. More than 20 people were detained in Jhang for arranging gatherings, not wearing masks, and violating social distancing rules.

Businesses, hotels, and restaurants as well as markets and parks have been closed, while public transport between provinces and within cities has been halted.