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Punjab govt. imposes smart lockdown till August 5

The government of Punjab has imposed smart lockdown throughout the province till August 5, commencing from midnight 28 of July in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19 during Eid-ul-Azha.

The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department has issued an official notification in this regard dated July 27.

According to the notification, all educational and training institutes, marriage halls, business centers, expo halls, restaurants, theme/amusement parks, play areas and arcades, beauty parlours and spas, cinemas, and theatres will remain closed.

Read More : Punjab enforces smart lockdown in 4 cities till July 27

“There shall be a complete ban on sporting tournaments/matches (indoor and outdoor) except non-contact professional sports without spectators. All contact sports and indoor sports clubs/facilities shall remain closed”, says the notification.

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Furthermore, there will also be a complete ban on gatherings of all kinds for social, religious, or any other purpose at any place, public or private.

“All retail shops, markets, shopping malls, and plazas shall remain closed,” the notification said.

However, exceptions were made for some, including pharmacies postal services, petrol pumps, and takeaway/home delivery for restaurants, which will be allowed to operate for 24 hours.

Furthermore, grocery stores, bakeries, corner shops, fruit and vegetable shops, meat and milk shops, and tandoors will be allowed to operate from 6 am to 12 am while inter-city and inter-district public transport will be allowed to operate round-the-clock.

Saman Siddiqui

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