KARACHI: KARACHI: The Sindh government on Tuesday announced it was extending coronavirus restrictions in the province, including a complete ban on wedding functions, will May 16, 2021.
According to the latest notification from the Home Department of the Government of Sindh, “Broader Lockdowns” will be imposed in areas with 8% coronavirus positivity ratios.
The provincial government has also said the ban on indoor dining will continue to be observed while outdoor dining will be allowed but till 10pm.
It said all business and commercial activities will begin at 6:00am and will close by 8:00pm, in light of the surging cases of the coronavirus.
All commercial/business timings e.g. Markets, Shopping Malls, Marriage Halls, etc will remain open from 06:00 to 20:00 hours with observance of two “safe days” (FRIDAY & SUNDAY) per week (except essential services).
All gatherings (indoor as well as outdoor) including social, cultural, political, sports. musical, religious festivals or miscellaneous events are completely banned.
Complete closure of cinemas, shrines and amusement parks.Complete ban on marriage functions, both indoor and outdoor.
Work from home – 50% of the staff in all public/private sector offices. h) Intercity public transport to operate at 50% of capacity with strict compliance of coronavirus SOPs.
Compulsory wearing of masks and practicing social distancing will be observed at all government/private offices and public places.
The situation of the coronavirus pandemic will be reviewed by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on May 6, 2021.
SOPs For Mosques
The Sindh Home Department has laid down a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for five-time and Taraweeh prayers at mosques during Ramazan.
According to a notification issued by the department, the SOPs are aimed to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Carpets will not be laid at mosques and people will offer prayers on ground.People can bring their own prayer mats.Citizens above 50 years of age, adolescent children and those suffering from flu, cough, etc should not come to mosques.Six-feet distance between individuals be ensured.Sehr and Iftar meals should not be arranged at mosques.
The notification said if the government feels that these precautionary measures are not being observed or the number of Covid affectees has risen to a dangerous level, then the government will revise its policy.