ISLAMABAD (News Desk) – National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has issued new coronavirus related issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the holy month of Ramadan
A special meeting of NCOC was chaired by Asad Umar to review situation of coronavirus in the country and religious activities during Ramadan.
NCOC has decided to implement “broader lockdowns”, with stringent enforcement protocols where no mobility allowed except in emergency situations.
Saturdays and Sundays will be observed as closed days at the national level.
Market timings will be from sehri till 6pm. The new business hours will not be applicable on essential sevices such as groceries, medical stores and petrol pumps.
Al indoor and outdoor activities banned
All indoor and outdoor activities banned, including social, cultural, political, sports, and other miscellaneous events.
“Outdoor dining will be allowed from Iftar till midnight, example 11:59pm, with strict SOPs, while takeaways will be allowed.
In addition to the complete closure of cinemas and shrines, NCOC announced amusement parks, too, will remain closed.
Taraweeh prayers should be organised in open spaces as far as possible. Civil administration at every tier to engage ulemas and community leaders for assistance in the enforcement of COVID-19 SOPs during Ramadan.
Ban on inter-provincial transport
NCOC decided to ban inter-provincial transport on two closed days (Saturdays and Sundays) which will continue to be enforce till midnight April 25-26. However, it said the decision will be reviewed on April 20.
50% work from home policy
NCOC also announced to continue with the 50% work from home policy for all public and private offices, where intercity public transport is to operate at 50% of capacity.
Stringent protocols for tourism
Stringent protocols for tourism have been imposed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir and tourist sites elsewhere.