Asad Umar, The Federal Minister for Planning who also heads the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced that the government is reopening schools in 5 districts of Punjab and one district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from September 16.
The chief of NCOC announced that the NCOC had earlier placed stern restrictions on 24 districts throughout the country, Out of these, strict restrictions will only be imposed in 6 districts while the rest have been allowed relaxations.
Asad Umar said that “These 6 districts [where strict restrictions will continue to remain] are Lahore, Faislabad, Multan, Gujrat, Sargodha and Bannu districts,”
The Federal Planning Minister said that even in these districts, the government has decided to allow some relaxations, added that “Inter-city transport was earlier banned altogether from these districts. Now, buses can resume inter-city transport by accommodating 50% capacity of passengers,”
He further added that schools in these 6 districts will resume on-campus classes from September 16, with 50% attendance in classes.
Asad Umar clarified that outdoor dining in these districts were allowed to remain open till 10pm, “We have extended the time for outdoor dining till midnight, Indoor dining at restaurants, however, will remain banned,” he added
The NCOC Chairman further said that amusement parks, recreational spots and parks will remain open, Only vaccinated persons will be allowed to visit amusement parks.
He also announced that the government was allowing outdoor activities but with a limit of 400 persons only, “However, indoor gatherings will continue to remain banned,” he added
Asad Umar announced that coronavirus restrictions imposed in districts other than these 6 will continue to remain in force till September 30.
He said that “We have witnessed that the 4th wave is decreasing in intensity as time passes,” added that “It is vital that we see an increase in the vaccination process.
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