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Sindh gov’t revises partial lockdown restrictions

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The Sindh government on Saturday has revised restrictions placed a day earlier on lockdown allowing pillion riding and small transport to move within Karachi.

This was announced by Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister Murtaza Wahab during a press conference. He said they removed the restriction on pillion riding and transport services so that people could go get vaccinated. The transport will only be allowed to and from vaccination centers he said.

Here is a list of the revisions:

Milk shops, bakeries and carriage vehicles for dairy products do not need to follow the 6am to 6pm timings Restaurants and online retailers can deliver provided their staff is fully vaccinated. Industrial establishments/premises other than export-oriented industries and related with manufacture/production of essential services may also be made functional provided staff is vaccinated Fertilisers/pesticide shops and warehouses are exempted from timing restrictions provided that the entire staff working at these premises is fully vaccinated. Small public transport (taxi, cab, rickshaw, Qingqi, etc) may ply within the city limits. Large public transport (buses, mini-buses and wagons) may ply within the city limits for public transportation exclusively and only to and from the designated vaccination centres.

Wahab said there would be strict punishment for anyone caught violating the measures. Shops or restaurants would, for example, be sealed for 30 days from August 9.

He said the government was hoping these measures will encourage people to get vaccinated, saying their announcement of blocking SIMs for the unvaccinated had resulted in a rise in people availing of vaccines.

He said at least 185,406 people got vaccinated against Covid-19 in the last 24 hours which he described as a big number. He also assured that members of the Sindh administration, from MPAs to law enforcement, would face action if they did not get vaccinated.

The Sindh government has imposed a 9-day lockdown across the province in a bid to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

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