AVN 67.38 Increased By ▲ 0.09 (0.13%)
BOP 9.90 Increased By ▲ 0.08 (0.81%)
CHCC 128.50 Increased By ▲ 0.19 (0.15%)
DCL 11.30 Increased By ▲ 0.04 (0.36%)
DGKC 111.70 Decreased By ▼ -0.22 (-0.2%)
EFERT 61.68 Increased By ▲ 0.93 (1.53%)
EPCL 44.60 Decreased By ▼ -0.18 (-0.4%)
FCCL 21.12 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
FFL 17.77 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
HASCOL 22.10 Increased By ▲ 0.24 (1.1%)
HBL 133.56 Increased By ▲ 0.45 (0.34%)
HUBC 82.52 Increased By ▲ 0.52 (0.63%)
HUMNL 8.08 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.25%)
JSCL 30.22 Increased By ▲ 0.33 (1.1%)
KAPCO 28.04 Increased By ▲ 0.16 (0.57%)
KEL 4.24 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (0.71%)
LOTCHEM 12.62 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.39%)
MLCF 39.74 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (0.63%)
OGDC 105.45 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.04%)
PAEL 37.29 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.05%)
PIBTL 13.58 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
PIOC 98.09 Increased By ▲ 0.29 (0.3%)
POWER 9.65 Increased By ▲ 0.12 (1.26%)
PPL 94.03 Increased By ▲ 0.34 (0.36%)
PSO 207.85 Increased By ▲ 0.60 (0.29%)
SNGP 64.37 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.06%)
STPL 14.20 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (0.21%)
TRG 55.40 Increased By ▲ 0.07 (0.13%)
UNITY 18.38 Decreased By ▼ -0.01 (-0.05%)
WTL 1.21 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.83%)
BR100 4,334 Decreased By ▼ -12.22 (-0.28%)
BR30 22,002 Decreased By ▼ -81.03 (-0.37%)
KSE100 41,701 Decreased By ▼ -105.14 (-0.25%)
KSE30 17,606 Decreased By ▼ -52.86 (-0.3%)
COVID-19 TOTAL DAILY
CASES 309,581 566
DEATHS 6,451 7

KARACHI: The Sindh government Monday announced reopening of almost all the sectors which had been closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a notification, the Sindh Home Department said businesses have been allowed to reopen across province subject to strict adherence of SOPs in view of the decline in Covid-19 cases in the country, but acknowledged that the disease is still prevalent and likely to increase if no adequate precautions are taken.

Educational institutions, marriage halls, business and expo centres in the province will be allowed to reopen from September 15.

The activities/businesses allowed to resume from August 10 include:

Hotels, restaurants and cafes, parks and grounds, cinemas and theatres, non-contact sports, sports clubs and gyms, sports tournaments (indoor and outdoor) without audience, beauty parlours and spas, shrines (for permitted gatherings), tourism and public transport with SOPs.

According to the order , which will remain in effect until Sept 15,, businesses in Sindh will be allowed to open six days a week, with an off either Friday or Sunday except pharmacies and essential services. Their timings will be from 6am to 8pm except Saturday when they will remain open until 9pm.

Businesses will be required to allow only around one-third of their normal capacity of visitors/customers inside their establishments at a time to ensure social distancing.

Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate all days of the week but with limited dine-in services until 10pm daily except on Saturday when they can stay open until 11pm. The last order must be taken an hour before closing. Customers must be seated with a distance of over three feet between them.

Takeaway will be allowed from morning until 10pm on all days of the week except Saturday, when it will be permitted until 11pm.

Businesses will be bound to maintain a distance of more than three feet between customers, staff or visitors and deny entry to persons showing Covid-19 symptoms or those not wearing a mask.

"The provincial government/district administration, by an order, may restrict all/any activity and business," the Home Department said.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020