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Lahore’s ‘smart’ lockown extended till July 15 to mitigate spread of coronavirus

Lahore’s ‘smart’ lockown extended till July 15 to mitigate spread of coronavirus

LAHORE: The Punjab government on Tuesday announced an extension in the “smart” lockdown imposed in various coronavirus hotspots across Lahore, till July 15.

According to a notification issued by the primary and secondary healthcare department, the government of Punjab “is pleased to extend the applicability of the order […] dated 15.06.2020 till 12:00am Wednesday, 15.07.2020, unless modified otherwise”.

Secretary Primary and Secondary Health Care Capt ® Muhammad Usman said the notification will be effective immediately and will be applicable for areas identified in the June 15 order. These include Shahdra, Mazang, Shad Bagh, Harbanspura, Old Lahore, Nishtar Town, Cantt, Allama Iqbal Town and Gulberg.

The following restrictions/exemptions have been notified:

– Educational institutions, wedding halls, restaurants, parks and cinema halls will remain closed

– Gathering for social, religious or sports activities will not be allowed

– All business locations will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm

– Medical stores, tire puncture shops, naan shops, workshops pertaining to the agriculture sector, will be allowed to be  remain open 24 hours a day

– Call centres will be allowed to remain open with 50% staff

– Inter-district transport will be allowed 24 hours a day

– Grocery stores will be open all week, from 9am to 7pm

– All churches will be open for worship only on Sundays from 7am to 5pm

Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Punjab government has devised a “new strategy” to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A meeting presided by senior provincial minister Abdul Aleem Khan and chief secretary Punjab decided to authorise deputy commissioners to seal or reopen their areas areas depending on the number of cases there.

The meeting also reviewed the price and supply mechanism of medicines and the security situation in the province after the Pakistan Stock Exchange attack that took place in Karachi on Monday.