Public transport to operate at 50pc capacity on Saturday, Sunday in Punjab

LAHORE (Dunya News) - Public transport has been allowed to operate in Punjab at 50pc capacity on Saturday and Sunday while a complete ban will remain in force on stalls of henna, bangles and clothes on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.

According to the details, instructions and SOPS have been issued for Eid-ul-Fitr and Chand Rat as per the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee on Coronavirus. Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Care Sara Aslam has issued a notification in this regard which will be effective from May 8 to May 16.

According to the notification, all markets, businesses, offices and shops will remain closed, while medical services, pharmacies, petrol pumps, food takeaways will be allowed to remain open. Electricity, gas, e-commerce, internet, cellular companies, call centers, tandoors and media houses will be open 24 hours a day.

Grocery stores, general stores, mills, fruit and vegetable shops and fuel stations will be open from 9am to 6pm.

Both indoor and outdoor dining will remain closed at the restaurants along with all other commercial activities other than essential services.

Areas where the coronavirus positive rate is more than 8%, all indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies, restaurants and shrines will be completely banned.

These districts include Attock, Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Jhang, Kasur, Khanewal, Khushab, Lahore, Layyah, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Mandi Bahauddin, Mianwali, Okara, Pakpattan, RajanPur, Rawalpindi, Rahim Yar Khan, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Sheikhupura and Narowal.

According to the notification all amusement parks, shopping malls, and picnic spots including tourist spots will be closed. All kinds of sports, cultural festivals and gatherings will be completely banned.

The train service will operate at 70% of the total capacity. Inter-provincial and local city transport will be completely banned. However, rickshaws, taxis and private vehicles will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

Intercity transport will be allowed to operate for only 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) at 50% capacity.

The district administration and the police will work together to ensure the implementation of these SOPs.