The Sindh Government has allowed indoor dining across the province for fully vaccinated individuals except for Karachi and Hyderabad, where coronavirus positivity ratio remains high. However, the people will have to carry their vaccination cards for indoor dining.
Sindh announced new lockdown measures as the province continues to report large number of coronavirus cases on a daily basis. These new lockdown measures in Sindh will be imposed from 1 September 2021 and remain in place till 15 September 2021.
The Sindh Government has allowed indoor dining for fully vaccinated individuals across the province except for Karachi and Hyderabad. “A complete ban shall continue on indoor dining for Karachi and Hyderabad; however, outdoor dining will be allowed till 10pm under strict Covid protocols.”
Customers looking to dine indoors will need to carry their vaccination cards with them for inspection. Meanwhile, the government has allowed restaurants to carry out takeaways and deliveries 24/7.
“Business Timings, market and business activities in Karachi division and district Hyderabad may continue till 8pm,” the Sindh Government notification reads, adding that in other divisions and districts of Sindh, there will be extended business hours as per which the markets and other business activities will be allowed to continue till 10pm.
However, the essential services will be allowed to operate 24/7. These services include pharmacies, medical facilities, vaccination centers, fuel stations, LPG shops, milk shops, tandoors, standalone grocery stores, vendors of fish, meat, vegetable and fruit, e-commerce, and bakeries.
Furthermore, the notification adds that in Karachi division, Fridays and Sundays will be observed as closed days while in Hyderabad, Fridays and Saturdays will be closed days. Meanwhile, in other division and districts, Fridays will be closed days.
“There will be a complete ban on indoor weddings and related ceremonies. Outdoor weddings and related ceremonies are allowed with a maximum of 300 guests under strict Covid protocols till 10pm. [In] other divisions and districts of Sindh, outdoor weddings and related ceremonies are allowed with a maximum of 400 guests under strict Covid protocols till 10pm. Indoor weddings and related ceremonies are allowed with a maximum of 200 guests only for the vaccinated individuals under strict COVID protocols till 10pm,” reads the notification.
“There will be a complete closure of shrines in Karachi division and district Hyderabad. However, shrines in other parts of the province of Sindh may be opened at the discretion of divisional and district administration concerned in consultation with health as well as the Auqaf and religious affairs department, Sindh.” adds the notification.
The notification added that there will be a complete ban on cinemas throughout Sindh while indoor gatherings will also remain banned, including including cultural, musical, religious and miscellaneous events.
“Complete ban shall continue on contact sports (Karate, Boxing, Martial Arts, Rugby, Water Polo, Kabaddi and Wrestling). Indoor gyms will be allowed for vaccinated individuals only,” the notification reads.
“Routine normal office working hours for public and private offices will continue” in Karachi and Hyderabad, reads the notification. “However, attendance level shall be reduced from 100% to 50%. [In] other divisions and districts of Sindh, routine normal office working hours [will continue] with 100% attendance.” the notification continues.
“Railway services will continue to operate with 70% occupancy under strict Covid protocols subject to following of all SOPs with passengers and staff duly vaccinated. All amusement parks, water sports and swimming pools shall remain closed in Karachi division and district Hyderabad, however, public parks may remain open under strict COVID protocols.” the notification added.