Punjab to go under lockdown from May 8

The Nation  |  May 06, 2021

LAHORE - As per direction of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) to restrict the movement of people during Eid holidays, the Punjab government has decided to enforce a complete lockdown in the province from May 8 to May 16.

Public transport and tourist destinations will remain closed and police, Rangers and army personnel will be deployed at the checkpoints to be set up at the entry and exit points of cities.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid at the Civil Secretariat here on Wednesday. The Chief Secretary Punjab, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), administrative secretaries of relevant departments including health, industries, information, the commissioner Lahore division, director general public relations and civil and military officials attended the meeting.

Dr Yasmin Rashid said that next 15 to 20 days were very crucial in controlling the pandemic. She urged the citizens to extend cooperation in the government’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus and ensure implementation of SOPs. She also appealed to people to celebrate Eid with simplicity, keeping in view the present situation of the epidemic. People should prove themselves to be responsible citizens by taking all precautions, she added.

Global food insecurity at 5-year high amid COVID, conflict, UN warns The CS said that the purpose of giving more holidays on the occasion of Eid is to limit the movement of people. He said that awareness among the people about the importance of precautionary measures should be increased. He said that citizens should stay at home during Eid holidays and avoid unnecessary travel. He said that as per the instructions of NCOC, public transport, parks, and tourist places would be kept completely closed during the holidays.

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