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Govt announces to open up country amid COVID-19 cases decline




ISLAMABAD: The National Coordination Committee (NCC) on COVID-19
recently decided to lift restrictions on tourism sector from Aug 8 and on
restaurants and transport sector from Aug 10 and gave a timetable for opening
some other sectors, including educational institutions and marriage halls.

A meeting of the NCC presided over by Prime Minister
Imran Khan and attended by representatives of all the provinces also decided to
lift restrictions on railways, airlines and metro buses. However, restrictions
on the number of people allowed to travel by trains, planes and buses and the
mandatory gap between the passengers will remain in place till September. These
will be lifted by October if the situation allowed.

These restrictions were enforced on March 16 to curb the
spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“Restaurants and cafes, outdoor and indoor, will be
allowed to open from 10th August and standard operating procedures (SOPs) will
be finalised in next two to three days. Moreover, public parks, theatres,
cinemas, amusement parks, arcades, expo centres and beauty parlours will also be
allowed to open from Monday,” Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar
said at a media briefing after the NCC meeting.

He said permission had been given for organising tournaments and matches involving non-contact sports without the presence of an audience. Moreover, he added, indoor gyms and sports clubs would also be opened.

Mr Umar said the NCC had deliberated on the
recommendations put forth by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC)
in consultation with the provinces. `It has been decided that educational
institutions will open from Sept 15, but a final review will be carried out on
Sept 7 as the federal education minister will consult with provincial ministers
on the matter,` he said.

He said health and education ministers had been told to
see how other countries had dealt with the issue of opening of schools.

Mr Umar said restrictions on tourism would be lifted on
Aug 8 as SOPs for the sector had been finalised, adding that restrictions on
transport, specifically railways and airlines, were also being lifted.

The minister said restrictions on-road travel were being lifted on Monday, but permission would not be given for standing and travelling on buses.

He said marriage halls could also open from September 15
and hotels could host marriage ceremonies. He maintained that permission was
also being given for opening shrines.

However, in case of a large gathering, citizens will be
bound to follow the guidelines issued by the provincial governments. Moreover,
he said, the ban on pillion riding was also lifted with SOPs.

Mr Umar said businesses and markets would follow the
timings in place before the pandemic hit the country. He said the threat had
not gone away, though the situation had improved due to implementation of SOPs
by the administrative machinery.

The minister said the NCOC worked as a `nerve centre`, but the situation improved because people cooperated and followed the SOPs. He termed the reduction in number of COVID-19 cases success of the nation.

`However, people should on tourism be lifted on Aug 8 as SOPs for the sector had been finalised, adding that restrictions on transport, specifically railways and airlines, were also being lifted.

The minister said restrictions on-road travel were being lifted on Monday, but permission would not be given for standing and travelling on buses.

He said marriage halls could also open from September 15
and hotels could host marriage ceremonies. He maintained that permission was
also being given for opening shrines.

However, in case of a large gathering, citizens will be
bound to follow the guidelines issued by the provincial governments. Moreover,
he said, the ban on pillion riding was also lifted with SOPs.

Mr Umar said businesses and markets would follow the
timings in place before the pandemic hit the country. He said the threat had
not gone away, though the situation had improved due to implementation of SOPs
by the administrative machinery.

The minister said the NCOC worked as a `nerve centre`, but the situation improved because people cooperated and followed the SOPs. He termed the reduction in number of COVID-19 cases success of the nation.

“However, people should not take it as a complete victory as the situation can reverse in case of a change in the attitude of people. I appeal to the people to take more precautionary measures than before. I used to feel suffocated wearing a face mask for half an hour but now I wear it for eight to ten hours a day while participating in meetings,” he said.

Mr Umar said the whole world was trying to learn from the experience of Pakistan. He called the people of Pakistan heroes as they played a major role in controlling the virus.

-DN Report

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