Sindh govt ends lockdown across the province

KARACHI: Government of Sindh has given directives to end the lockdown across the province that was placed in March to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

A notification was issued in this regard by the Sindh Home Department stating that all business activities are hereby allowed to open except educational institutions and marriage halls which will reopen from 15 September.

Read more: Govt to consider reopening schools on 15th September if situation allows: Saeed Ghani.

The following is the list of businesses that are allowed to reopen subject to implentation of SOPs:

  1. Non contact sports sports clubs, gyms, sports facilities.
  2. Sporting tournaments, indoor and outdoor (without spectators).
  3. Hotels, restaurants, cafes (dine-in, delivery, takeaway and home catering services).
  4. Parks and grounds.
  5. Beauty parlors and spas.
  6. Cinemas and theaters
  7. Permitted / licensed gatherings / shrines
  8. Tourism / tourist hotels
  9. Public transport with SOPs
  10. Social clubs with SOPs as applicable to respective permissible activities.

The following business timings shall be observed in Sindh:

Business timings:

Six days a week from 6:00AM to 8:00PM expect Saturday when businesses may remain open till 9:00PM. However, one day is to be off either on Friday or Sunday depending on the respective areas.

Restaurants / Cafes:

Seven days a week with restricted dine-in as per SOPs.

Even though the Sindh Government has ended the lockdown allowing business activities to resume, the notification emphasizes on the need to adhere to the precautionary steps and standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Government to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The notification states that action will be taken against anyone found in violation of the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Details can be found in the copy of the Sindh lockdown notification attached below:

Sindh Lockdown Notification
Notification Page 2
Notification Page 3
Notification Page 4

In related news, Punjab Government has also lifted lockdown restrictions allowing businesses to reopen and operate more freely.

Read more: Punjab ends lockdown with exception of schools & marriage halls.

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