ISLAMABAD: Dine-in for restaurants, salons and cinemas will be reopening in Pakistan from August 10 according to the Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar.
Asad Umar also talked about reopening school across the country and said that decision regarding the matter will be taken on September 7 depending on the coronavirus situation in the country.
Furthermore, the Federal Minister said that sports and games would be allowed to resume however, there will be no spectators represent at the venue.
Speaking about transportation services, Asad Umar said that pillion riding will be permitted however, standing while travelling on public transport will not be allowed.
Asad Umar also said reopening of salons, exhibition centers and shrines will be subject to strict standard operating procedures (SOPs) and people will need to seek permission in case of events that may result in large gatherings at these places.
Restaurants and cafes will be reopening their dine-in services from August 10 as well under strict SOPs as a lot of people are employeed in the sector and are facing financial hardships due to the closure.
In the same way cinemas and theaters will be reopening subject to standard operating procedures (SOPs) on August 10.
These decisions have come after a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) which discussed the recommendations by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC).
Asad Umar further said that Pakistan has come a long way and achieved so much in fighting the pandemic since the last few months and the country’s efforts are being praised by international media as well.
The Federal Minister also talked about reopening of Marriage halls / wedding halls and said that this sector may be reopened by September 15.