Sindh reduces business timings from 6am to 6pm to stop spread of Covid-19

Sindh reduces business timings from 6am to 6pm to stop spread of Covid-19

Karachi (Web Desk): The Sindh government has imposed more restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 amid second wave which include mandatory face masks wearing, ban on indoor weddings, and work from home policy among others.

According to a notification issued by the Sindh government on Monday, fresh measures have been taken in line with the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) November 11 meeting which devised a nationwide policy to control Covid-19 spread in consultation with all relevant stakeholders.

As per the notification, wearing of face masks at government and private offices and public places has been made compulsory and fine will also be imposed in case of violation.

“Indoor marriages will be banned while outdoor marriages will be restricted to 200 people and will end by 9pm,” the notification said.

It added that 50% of staff in all public and private offices will work from home.

Meanwhile, the provincial government’s notification, all indoor spaces, including business centres, gyms and sports facilities, cinemas, theatres and shrines will be closed.

All businesses other than essential services will remain closed on Friday and Sunday.

The notification further said that markets and businesses will remain open from 6am to 6pm on weekdays while they will be closed on weekends.

Only outdoor dining will be allowed in restaurants until 10pm, it added.

On the other hand, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 379,883 on Monday after 2,954 new coronavirus cases surfaced in the country during the last 24 hours.

Overall, 164,651 cases were reported in Sindh, 115,138 in Punjab, 44,932 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16,846 in Balochistan, 27,555 in Islamabad, 4,558 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and 6,203 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

According to the government's Covid-19 portal, the death toll related to coronavirus has reached 7,744 with 48 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours.

Over the last twenty four hours, total number of recovered COVID-19 patients across the country reached 331,760 after another 875 virus recoveries were reported.

It is pertinent to mention that the global coronavirus cases have reportedly surpassed 59.1 million and death toll tops 1.39 million.