No commercial activity in virus-hit Lahore after 6pm, says notification

LAHORE (Dunya News) - Punjab government has issued a notification to close commercial activities in Lahore by 6 pm after surge in Coronavirus cases.

According to details, due to the increasing threat of coronavirus in Lahore Secretary Primary and Secondary Care has changed the working hours of business in Lahore.

According to the notification, commercial activities, establishments and markets will close by 6pm on weekdays and completely closed on weekends.

This excludes medical services, general stores, bakeries, milk and meat shops, tire puncture shops, fruit and vegetable shops, tandoors, petrol pumps, oil depots, LPG outlets and filing plants, agriculture machinery workshops and spare parts shops, printing press, call centers with 50% staff and no public dealing.

Earlier Local administration in Lahore had decided to impose smart lockdown in 16 more localities after surge in coronavirus cases.

The notification issued by the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department said that there has been a constant increase in positivity percentage in Covid-19 cases in the city which poses a serious threat to public health.

According to notification, smart lockdown has been imposed in five area in Cantt, two localities of Data Ganj Bakhsh Twon, three areas of Nishtar Town, four neighborhoods of Samanabad Twon and one locality each in Shalimar Town and Wagah Town.

The district administration also issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure implementation on the smart lockdowns.

Under these SOPs, all markets, shopping malls, restaurants, offices (public and private) in these areas would remain closed.

There shall be a complete ban on movement of people to and from these affected areas while public and private transport will also remain suspended in these areas.

All the grocery stores, fruit and vegetable shops, tandoors and petrol pumps in the hotspot areas will remain open from 7am to 7pm. Milk and meat shops have been allowed to open from 7am to 7pm. Medical stores, laboratories, clinics and hospitals in these areas will remain open for 24 hours.