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Lockdown eased from Aug 11

Lockdown eased from Aug 11
  • Special Correspondent
  • 9 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government has eased the ongoing lockdown from August 11, allowing public transport services and reopening of all government and private offices, shopping malls, markets and restaurants.

The Cabinet Division issued a notification on Sunday, outlining the reopening of almost all economic activities in the country.

The notification stressed the need for ensuring safety protocols and health guidelines everywhere to prevent coronavirus.

It said shopping malls, markets and shops will remain open from 10:00am to 8:00pm while restaurants and hotels open from 8:00am to 10:00pm.

All government, non-government, autonomous, quasi-government offices, industries, factories, banks and other financial institutions will open maintaining health rules, said the circular.

It said the Supreme Court will issue necessary instructions about courts.

Buses, trains and launches will run at their full capacity. However, only half of road transport will be allowed to run every day, the notification said. Earlier, the government had decided to extend the ongoing nationwide strict lockdown by five more days until August 10 considering the current worsening coronavirus situation in the country.

The government enforced a 14-day strict lockdown from July 1. After a relaxation for eight days during Eid-ul-Azha, the strict lockdown was imposed again on July 23 for two weeks, shutting all factories and industries alongside other activities.

However, the government allowed reopening of all export-oriented factories, including readymade garment units, from August 1 amid the ongoing strict lockdown.