In the wake of rising numbers of COVID patients in the country, the federal government has decided to keep the markets closed for two days a week and also reduced the working hours for markets by two hours.
Addressing a press conference alongside Special Assistant to the PM on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar said that the government decided to reimpose certain restrictions in selected cities from August 03 to 31 in selected cities.
The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has decided to impose certain restrictions in Islamabad; Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, and Faisalabad in Punjab, Peshawar, and Abbottabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karachi and Hyderabad in Sindh, Muzaffarabad, and Mirpur in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit and Skardu in Gilgit Baltistan."
He said the existing restrictions in Karachi and Hyderabad will stay in place. Besides, he announced that indoor dining has been banned as only outdoor dining will be allowed.
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He said the government has decided to allow outdoor dining only till 10 pm. However take away service would remain open till 12 in the night, he added.
He said the markets which were allowed to remain open till 10 pm would now again be closed at 8 pm in the selected cities.
He said, “the off days will be decided by the respected provinces.”
Asad Umar said public transport will continue to operate at 50 percent capacity across the country and 50pc attendance will be allowed at workplaces while the remaining 50% of employees would work from home.