COVID-19: Public, private offices to function with maximum 50% staff in Punjab

LAHORE: The Punjab government has directed public and private offices to ensure that 50% of the staff works from home, as a measure to limit the spread of the COVID-19.

According to a notification issued by the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department today, the new order comes into effect immediately and will remain applicable till January 31, 2020.

Meanwhile, amid the resurge of coronavirus cases across the country, the Punjab government has decided to reduce business hours in the province.

The decision was made after frequent violations of the government-defined SOPs by businesses. The authorities decide that shops across the province will close at 6 pm.

Besides, the provincial government has also finalized a string of measures, including allowing half of its employees to work from home, to limit the spared of COVID-19.

Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi are the most affected cities in the province from the second wave of the pandemic.

The second wave of coronavirus has started in Pakistan and SOPs will have to be strictly followed to deal with it. According to the NCOC, the coronavirus epidemic is spreading rapidly in 15 cities across the country. 

Eighty percent of coronavirus cases in Pakistan were reported from eleven major cities. Provincial governments have been directed to make SOPs and masks mandatory in markets, shopping malls, public transport and restaurants.

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