The government of Balochistan province has decided to extend the smart lockdown imposed across the province till July 15, in a bid to stem the coronavirus from spreading as cases continue to surge across the country.
As per an official notification by the provincial home department, shopping malls, markets, shops, warehouses, auto-repair shops and hair salons will be allowed to remain open from 9am-7pm from Thursdays to Saturdays. All businesses will remain closed on Fridays.
The notification further said that tandoors, shops selling dairy products, blood banks, medical stores and teller shops will be allowed to remain open for 24 hours. Restaurants will be allowed to provide home delivery and take-away services throughout the day as well.
Educational institutions throughout Balochistan have been directed to remain closed till July 15. Cinemas, wedding halls, farmhouses and picnic points will remain closed for masses indefinitely.
An indefinite ban continues to be placed on gatherings of more than 10 people, political rallies, dharnas, pillion riding, social and religious events.
Tenth consignment of safety equipment has been dispatched to Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.
According to National Disaster Management Authority, the protective equipment dispatched to Balochistan includes about 122,000 masks, 5,811 safety suits and 32,885 medical gowns. Similarly, 55,950 masks, 3,385 safety suits, and 15,069 medical gowns were sent to Gilgit-Baltistan.
Besides, face shields, surgical caps, gloves, plastic boots, shoes cover and protective glasses were also given. The other provinces are also being provided 10th consignment.
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