Punjab lets companies open until 7pm as coronavirus lockdown eased

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Order from Punjab authorities’s major and secondary healthcare division secretary, Capt (r) Muhammad Usman, was to “come into force immediately” and was efficient until 12am on May 15. The News/through Geo.television/Files

LAHORE: The Punjab authorities on Tuesday additional eased the coronavirus lockdown, permitting companies and procuring malls — besides these within the ‘damaging checklist’ — to open all days 9am-7pm barred Saturdays and Sundays, in response to a notification from the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department.

The order from the Punjab authorities’s major and secondary healthcare division secretary, Capt (r) Muhammad Usman, was to “come into force immediately” and was efficient until May 15.

“All businesses, factories, facilities, premises, retail shops, shopping malls and plazas except the aforementioned negative list are hereby allowed to operate subject to adoption of SOPs/guidelines from 9AM to 7PM, Monday to Friday,” it learn.

“There shall be complete lockdown on Saturday and Sunday,” it famous, including that the next have been exempted:

  • All medical providers and pharmacies/medical shops
  • Tire puncture outlets
  • Fruit and vegetable outlets
  • Tandoors
  • Atta chakkies [flour mills]
  • Postal/courier providers
  • Driver resorts
  • Detrol pumps, oil depots, LPG shops and filling vegetation
  • Agriculture equipment workshops and spare components outlets
  • Printing press
  • Call facilities (with 50% workers and no public dealing)
  • Takeaway/home supply from eating places
  • Inter-city and inter-district public transport
  • Grocery shops and kiryana shops
  • Churches

On the opposite hand, these among the many ‘damaging checklist’ comprised instructional and coaching establishments, marriage halls, enterprise centres, exhibition halls, eating places (besides takeaway & home supply), theme/amusement parks, play areas and arcades, magnificence parlours and spas, and cinemas and theatres.

“There shall be a complete ban on sporting tournaments/matches (indoor and outdoor) except non-contact professional sports without spectators,” the notification added. “All contact sports activities & indoor sports activities golf equipment/amenities shall stay closed.

“There shall also be a complete ban on gatherings of all kinds for social, religious, or any other purpose at any place, public or private,” it famous additional.

Over 0.67 million could also be contaminated with coronavirus in Lahore

A summary forwarded to Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar final month had stated an estimated 670,000 could possibly be affected by the coronavirus in Lahore alone.

Secretary Usman had stated the summary was forwarded to CM Buzdar on May 15 and contained outcomes of samples collected from hotspots, residences, and places of work in Lahore.

As per the summary, 6% of the full samples collected examined optimistic for the lethal virus.

In some cities, samples’ outcomes said that 14.7% of the samples got here again with optimistic outcomes. The report had stated there wasn’t a single space in Lahore or a qasba the place the an infection had not reached.