Schools, colleges, varsities to remain closed till May 23

Staff Reporter

The National Command and Operation Centre announced on Saturday all educational institutions including schools, colleges, universities, and others will remain closed till May 23.

The NCOC said a meeting to review the decision would be held on May 18 and the decision to reopen the educational institutions would be taken after taking into account the coronavirus situation at the time.

“The current spike of Covid-19 in the country merits effective measures to arrest its further spread with special emphasis on reducing mobility during forthcoming Eid-ul-Fitr,” the NCOC said in a statement.

All tourist resorts, formal and informal picnic spots, public parks, shopping malls will remain shut. All hotels and restaurants around tourist and picnic spots will remain closed.

“Travel modes leading to tourist/picnic spots closed; focus on Murree, Galiyat, Swat-Kalam, Sea View/beaches, and Northern Areas and other tourist destinations,” the statement said.

Locals, especially people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, would be allowed to travel back home, the statement said.

A complete ban on inter-provincial, inter-city, and intra-city public transport will be observed except for private vehicles, taxis, rickshaws, with 50% occupancy.

Punjab government has decided to ban inter-district public transport in the province after May 10 in wake of rising Covid-19 cases.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the provincial government and the ban on public transport would come into place from 6:00 pm on May 10 to 6:00 am on May 15.

The meeting to review the Covid-19 cases situation in the province was attended by provincial ministers Raja Basharat, Dr. Yasmin Rashid, chief secretary, and others where measures to mitigate Covid cases spread, increasing the number of vaccination centers, and other issues were discussed.

Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raja Basharat said that they are reviewing the Covid cases situation on daily basis and the masses should act responsibly and adopt precautionary measures.

The Sindh government had announced closure of all educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.

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