Presiding over a meeting with the Provincial Task Force on Coronavirus at CM House, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has announced the Sindh government’s plan to control Covid-19 spread in Sindh during Eid-ul-Adha.
All public parks, water parks, Sea View, and Hawks Bay will be closed from Friday as they are among the most frequented places and will likely see a massive peak in visitors during Eid break, primarily due to the current heatwave.
Cinemas, indoor gyms, and all other indoor sports will also be prohibited due to close, dense, and poorly ventilated places being hotspots for Covid spread.
Indoor dining will be banned entirely from tomorrow night. Already being implemented in other areas of the country, they have started to see resurgence due to slack in taking proper precautions.
School classes from one to eight will be closed from Friday. Children will be given an extended Eid vacation. Classes nine and above will also stop commencing except those that still have exams, which will have to be taken in special socially distanced spaces with proper SOPs being followed.
With Covid seeing a resurgence, especially in our neighboring country of India, taking preemptive measures is absolutely vital. One of the reasons for the initial spread was religious festivals being held without any precautions.
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The Sindh government’s decision to not repeat the same mistake and ensure the safety of the people is exemplary and needs to be followed by other parts of the country.
Very few people have yet been vaccinated due to either shortage of the doses or, in most cases, people not trusting the vaccine and fearing side effects. So until a majority of the country has been immunized, it is essential not to let our guard down just yet.