Markets and shops to open from May 17th: NCOC announces
News Desk: 

The country’s nerve centre for Covid-19 response – the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) – on Saturday reviewed the implementation of SOPs over the Eidul Fitr holidays and expressed satisfaction on compliance.

A special session today, chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar, decided to allow markets and shops to remain open till 8pm from May 17 onwards.

The forum also decided that all inter-provincial, intra-city and inter-city public transport can resume from May 16 instead of the earlier decided May 17. It was further decided to continue runing trains with 70pc occupancy in the country.

The NCOC also said that normal working hours for offices will resume from May 17, with the condition of 50pc work from home to remain in place.

Advising the public to continue with the implementation of Covid-19 SOPs, the forum further urged the public to ensure vaccine registration from 1166 prior to visiting vaccination centres.

The NCOC had earlier imposed strict mobility control measures during the Eid holidays, with the objective of mitigating the spread of the pandemic.

Last week, the forum had also decided to extend the closure of all educational institutions till May 23.

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