Punjab govt issues list of businesses to remain open during lockdown
LAHORE: The Punjab government on Tuesday issued list of the businesses which will remain open during the lockdown, which has been extended till Aug 5.
Health centres, medical stores and puncture shops are among the businesses which will not be shut down even in lockdown across the province.
Flour mills, postal and courier services, drive-through hotels, petrol pumps and oil depot will be allowed to function round the clock. Restaurants will be allowed to provide home delivery and take away service, while dine-in will continue to be prohibited.
LPG gas shops, refilling points and shops of agricultural machinery will remain open. Call centers can be operational with 50 percent staff. Printing press, workshops and spare parts shops will remain opened. Bakery, grocery, fruit, vegetables, chicken, meat, milk and tandoor shops will also remain opened.
On the other hand, addressing a meeting in Lahore, Punjab Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare Raja Basharat said the government had decided to impose a complete lockdown across the province.
He said the lockdown would continue till Aug 5. He said medical stores, grocery stores, transport and essential offices will remain open during the lockdown while markets and bazaars will remain completely closed.
The minister said this decision has been taken keeping in view the experience of Eid-ul-Fitr.
He said the steps taken by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and the government to reduce coronavirus cases in the province were commendable.
He said that after Eid-ul-Adha, a recommendation will be submitted to the NCOC for opening of restaurants and hotels in the province.