The federal government has eased off the coronavirus restrictions across the country after a decline in infections. The decision was made during the National Command and Operation Center’s (NCOC) Wednesday meeting.
As per the decision, there will be no time limit on commercial activities, as well as on amusement parks. Furthermore, the condition for public and private offices to enforce a 50 percent work-from-home policy for staff has also been withdrawn on an immediate basis.
The NCOC has allowed indoor wedding ceremonies will be allowed from 15th March with stringent COVID SOPs.
NCOC also intends to allow indoor dining, cinemas, and the opening of shrines from 15th March. However, a final decision will be made in the meeting on 10th March.
Further, the government has been permitted to hold local bodies and Cantt board elections by the end of May or early June.
Moreover, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been allowed to increase the spectator attendance in Pakistan Super League (PSL) to 50 percent from 20 percent for pool matches, whereas full attendance will be allowed for play-offs under strict COVID SOPs.
Pakistan has seen two lockdowns since the virus first emerged in February last year. Due to the absence of the COVID-19 vaccine, the health experts resorted to intense precautionary measures to contain the spread.
Since the vaccine is now internationally available, the NCOC has launched a comprehensive plan to administer the vaccine for the COVID-19 across the country. The first phase is already in the process where the frontline health workers being administered with vaccine.
People above 60 years of age will be vaccinated in the second phase that starts the next month.
All citizens, including frontline healthcare workers, may register for vaccination by sending their ID card number to 1166 via SMS or NIMS website.