The government of Sindh has extended lockdown in the province till August 15 in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The decision was made by the provincial government using its powers under the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act. 2014 (The Sindh Act VIII of 2015) to extend the lockdown.
The announcement was made via a circular by the Sindh Home Department on Thursday.
As per the notification, the operational days/hours for businesses shall be as under:
– Business timings except for pharmacies and essential services — Five days per week (Monday-Friday) from Morning to Maghreb (6 am to 7 pm).
– Restaurants and cafes, etc — All days of the week (closed for customer dine-in and only take away and home delivery allowed) as follows:
i) Take away and home delivery (6 am to 7 pm)
ii) Home delivery only (7 pm to 11 pm)
The provincial government has been advising citizens to practice the following:
i. Avoid coming out of houses from 7 pm to 6 am
ii. Wear a face mask when coming out to any public place
iii. Keep a distance of over 3 feet between persons at all times
iv. Wash hands frequently or use proper hand sanitiser
v. Strictly adhere to distancing protocols while travelling by any transport
vi. Strictly adhere to SOPs at offices/workplaces
vii. Strictly adhere to all SOPs issued by the provincial and federal governments from time to time
Earlier the “smart lockdown” after extension had been imposed in several cities of the province to July 15.