All businesses and markets in Islamabad will remain closed on Saturday and Sunday according to a notification issued by the Office of District Magistrate Islamabad.
The decision comes after the country had seen a spike in the number of coronavirus cases as well as deaths.
According to the notification the following businesses and sectors are to remain closed:
A) All education and training institutions, Deeni Madaris, Shrines, Marriage halls, Business Centers, Expo Halls, Resuaratns, Cafes (except takeaway and home delivery), Theme/amusement parks, play areas and arcades, Beauty Parlors and spa, cinemas, theaters and public processions shall remain closed.
B) There shall be complete ban on sporting tournaments indoor and outdoor, contact sport, indoor club, indoor gym, sports facility.
C) There shall be complete ban on gatherings of all kinds of social, religious, or any other purpose at any place, public or private.
The following businesses are allowed to open but with certain conditions:
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 09:00 am to 06:00 pm Monday to Friday, and there shall be complete lockdwon on Saturday and Sunday, except the following, shall remain open:-
- All medical services & Pharmacies/medical stores, tire puncture shops, fruit & vegetable shops, tandoors atta chakkies, postal/courier services,driver hostels, petrol pumps, oil depots, LPG outlets & filling plants, agriculture machinery workshops and spare parts shops, printing press, call centers (with 50% staff and no public dealing), takeaway / Home delivery from restaurants. (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Inter-city & inter-district public transport ( 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Grocery stores & Karyana Stores (09:00 am to 06:00 pm, 7 days week)
- Churches (07:00 am to 05:00 pm, 7 days a week)
This order shall come into force immediately and till further order, unless modified otherwise.
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