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Smart lockdown: Punjab to shut down markets till August 5

LAHORE: Markets across Punjab will be closed from midnight tonight till August 5 in line with the government’s decision to impose a lockdown ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
Provincial information minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan announced the announcement that all business and commercial centres in Punjab will remain closed till 5th August to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The government has also shut down different recreational spots in Islamabad till Eid-ul-Azha to preventing the spread of coronavirus.
According to Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafaqat Murree Expressway, Margala Hills, hotels, picnic points, and parks will remain closed during Eid holidays, requesting people to stay at home and avoid making any outing plan.
Punjab government on Sunday had decided to close markets and shopping malls before Eid-ul-Azha to avoid the spread of coronavirus in the province.
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also ordered to impose smart lockdown in the province on Eid-ul-Azha after Punjab chief secretary recommended closing all markets.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza had advised people to be cautious of the coronavirus and observe the safety standard operating procedures (SOPs) during Eid-ul-Azha.
Addressing a news conference, he had urged people to book sacrificial animals online and avoiding visiting cattle markets where large gatherings can lead to the spread of the virus.
Dr Mirza had said that the government had prepared in advance for Eid-ul-Azha keeping in mind the violation of SOPs that took place during Eid-ul-Fitr.
Mirza had also underscored that the citizens should abide by the issued guidelines to perform Eid prayers to stem the spread of the contagious disease.
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