Business hours extended till 8pm
Observer Report Karachi
The Sindh government on Sunday allowed businesses to remain open till 8pm instead of 6pm, as had been vehemently demanded by them, but made vaccination mandatory for the staff of all shops and markets.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the provincial task force on Covid-19, which also decided to reopen educational institutions for classes nine and above from today with strict observance of standard operating procedures.
The meeting chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah decided that businesses would be allowed to function till 8pm from Monday but the staff members of all shops would be required to get inoculated against Covid-19.
“The vaccination certificates of shops’ staff will be checked after 15 days,” Shah was quoted as saying in a statement.
The Covid task force meeting also decided that restaurants would be allowed to remain open for outdoor dining until midnight while ensuring social distancing between diners.
Marriage halls and outdoor weddings will be allowed after two weeks, while beauty salons will also be allowed to reopen with SOPs.
The meeting also gave the green light to reopen Sea View and other beaches. The meeting was informed that the positivity rate in Karachi on June 5 was 8.5 per cent, while it was 12.45pc on June 1.