The government of Sindh has mandated fifty percent work from home and has asked the private and public offices to halve their staff’s physical presence on an immediate basis, as per a notice issued by the Home department.
As per the shared details, the decision was made given the rise in coronavirus cases in the country.
The order came Monday night and mentioned that “relatively broader lockdowns” will be imposed in areas identified as virus hotspots. The commissioners and assistant commissioners will decide and announce which areas. They have powers to do this under the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act, 2014.
Restaurants cannot have indoor dining. Only outdoor dining will be permitted until 10 pm.
Markets and businesses will be allowed to open from 6 am to 6 pm and weekends will be off. All businesses, except essential services, will not be allowed to operate on weekends.
Business centers, indoor gyms, indoor sports facilities, shrines and cinemas, and theatres have been shut indefinitely.
The government added that only outdoor weddings with a maximum of 200 guests will be allowed. The food at ceremonies will be disbursed in packed boxes instead of buffets.
Sindh reported 16 more deaths and 1,322 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. Of the cases reported, 1,065 were from Karachi.
On Monday, Punjab, too, directed public and private businesses to reduce staff on the premises to 50%. According to Punjab Healthcare Secretary Mohammad Usman, people coming to work must ensure they follow precautionary measures, including wearing face masks.
The federal government closed educational institutions across the nation until January 10 in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.