Sindh imposes strict COVID-19 SOPs

Sindh imposes strict COVID-19 SOPs

KARACHI (May 25, 2021): On recommendations of provincial task force, the Sindh government has further tightened the restrictions, in addition to the ones announced earlier.  This decision was taken in the wake of increase in Corona cases across the province.

The provincial home department issued a notification to this effect.

As per the notification, issued on May 25, the following restrictions will be applicable from today, in addition to the ones announced earlier:

  • All movement of vehicular traffic to be restricted after 8pm, with the exception of emergency vehicles and for deliveries.
  • Ban on all kinds of private parties, functions, weddings with more than 10 people in attendance.
  • No indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants; delivery and takeout can remain open till midnight.
  • All parks to remain closed, including walking and jogging tracks.
  • A day earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had lamented that 50 per cent of the active Covid-19 cases in the country were present in Sindh.

The Chief Minister ordered the deputy commissioner and senior superintendent of police to ensure implementation of the following restrictions placed by the government:

  • Business timings to be from 5am to 6pm, while bakeries and milk shops will be allowed to operate till midnight.
  • Pharmacies in shopping malls and super stores to close by 6pm
  • Public transport — intercity, intra-city and inter-provincial — will be allowed subject to 50pc occupancy and compliance with Covid SOPs.
  • All education institutions including schools, colleges and universities will remain closed for a further two weeks, till the situation improves or till further review by the provincial task force on Covid-19.
  • Fridays and Sundays will be observed as closed days by businesses across the province except Hyderabad where Fridays and Saturdays will be observed as closed days instead.

The restrictions are extended for two more weeks.

On Saturday, the provincial task force had decided to continue with the ongoing restrictions for the next two weeks with strict SOPs across the province.