Full lockdown will be imposed in Sindh on Friday afternoon in a bid to maintain social distancing at the time of Friday prayers.
The provincial government has decided to impose a ‘curfew-like’ lockdown on Friday from 12 noon to 3 pm in the latest meeting.
The decision was made after scores of worshippers flocked to mosques to offer prayers last Friday.
“The ulema have been asked not to allow ordinary people – other than mosque staff – to offer the prayer in their mosques. Only designated staff such as the imam, muezzin, and khadim of the mosque, with one or two other employees of the mosque would be allowed to pray in jamaat [congregation],” an official in the provincial government told the media on Wednesday.
The source said the decision was taken after consultation with religious clerics to contain the spread of the coronavirus.