Punjab, GB impose lockdown in several districts

Staff Reporters

The Gilgit-Baltistan administration has imposed a smart lockdown in four districts of the region over surging cases of Covid-19.

The areas where the lockdown has been imposed are Aliabad and Gherlat in Hunza Valley; Madina Colony and Sika Maidan in Skardu; and Gopas, Bobar, Hathon and Phanda in Ghizer.

It also ordered that vaccination of all residents must be carried out before the lockdown is lifted.

The NCOC had on Monday announced “targeted and staggered” SOPs to curb the coronavirus spread including revision in market timings, two-day closure a week and operation of public transport with 50pc occupancy.

The new restrictions were put in place for various cities and regions including Skardu and Gilgit Baltistan.

Meanwhile lockdown was imposed in various districts of Punjab on late Monday night amid growing coronavirus cases.

According to a notification issued in this regard, lockdown will remain imposed in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan till August 31.

As per the notification, all markets and business activities in these districts will remain continue till 8:00pm.

Exemption is granted to pharmacies, Medical stores, hospitals, petrol pumps, tandoors, milk and dairy shops, food takeaways and e-commerce, oil depots and all kinds of mandis including grain, fruit, cattle and vegetable mandis.

Complete ban is imposed on indoor dining. However, outdoor shall be allowed till 10:00pm under strict COVID protocol.

Takeaways are allowed 24/7. Moreover, indoor weddings and functions shall be banned with effect from August 8. Outdoor wedding shall be allowed with maximum 400 guests under strict COVID protocol. Timing for the outdoor weddings shall be till 10:00pm.

Furthermore, there shall be complete closure of Shrines and cinemas. Ban is also imposed on all kind of indoor gatherings including, cultural, religious and other events.

However, outdoor gatherings shall be allowed will maximum 400 individuals under strict Covid protocol.

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