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Sindh govt bans inter-city public transport

KARACHI: The Sindh government has issued a notification regarding a ban on inter-city public transportation across the province from April 30 amid the worsening coronavirus cases in the country.

Sindh Transport Minister Owais Qadir Shah has issued stern action to implement the ban on inter-city transport. There will also be a complete ban on public transport in coronavirus hotspots. All coaches and buses in Karachi have been instructed to operate with 50 percent passenger capacity.

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has also decided to impose inter-provincial and inter-city travel ban during Eid holidays.

According to a circular of the Interior Ministry, the NCOC also decided to impose complete ban on tourism from 8th to 16th May including Eid holidays.

It further states that tourist resorts, public parks, restaurants and hotels in and around tourist spots as well as shopping malls will remain closed. It adds that travel nodes leading to tourist spots will remain closed with special focus on Murree, Galiyat, Swat-Kalam, beaches and northern areas.

NCOC decided that uninterrupted electricity supply during Eid holidays should be ensured. Locals of Gilgit Baltistan will be allowed to travel back to their areas during Eid holidays. It also called for timely issuance of SOPs and guidelines for Itekaf, Shab-e-Qadar, Jamma-tul-Wida and Namaz-e-Eid.