LAHORE: The provincial government has announced to impose strict COVID restrictions in various cities of Punjab till September 15 due to increase in coronavirus cases and intensification of the fourth wave.
Under the micro-lockdown, the new restrictions will be implemented immediately in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Khanewal, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala and Rahim Yar Khan.
Shopping malls and markets will be closed at 8:00 pm during the lockdown, while markets will be completely closed on Saturdays and Sundays. According to the notification, wedding halls will remain closed, indoor dining in hotels and restaurants will be banned, outdoor dining will be allowed till 10 pm while takeaway facility will be available for 24 hours, under COVID restrictions.
Under the new restrictions, indoor events at wedding halls will be completely banned, while a maximum of 300 people will be allowed to attend outdoor events, sports activities, cinema halls, shrines and gyms will also be closed.
The notification said that railways and public transport would be allowed to run with 70 per cent passengers, while those leaving the house during lockdown would be required to wear masks.
One hundred and twenty more deaths due to Coronavirus and 4,191 new positive cases of the infection have been reported in Pakistan in a single day.
According to the National Command and Operation Center, 61,306 tests were conducted while the positivity ratio remained six point eight three percent. The death toll from the pandemic has risen to 2,5425.
Meanwhile, in Sindh all public and private educational institutions under administrative control of School Education and Literacy Department will be reopened from Monday.
The decision was taken on the recommendation of working committee of Steering Committee on Education and with approval of competent authority.
All educational institutions will ensure 100 percent vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff by producing evidence to the concerned regional heads.