No takeaways from restaurants after sunset, government announces new restrictions

No takeaways will be allowed after the sunset from Friday (tomorrow) to Sunday. Karachi’s beaches including Hawksbay and Seaview will remain closed during the Eid holidays.

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The Sindh Coronavirus Task Force decided on Thursday to ban takeaways from restaurants and allow only home deliveries after the sunset from Friday (tomorrow) to Sunday.

A meeting of the Task Force with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in the chair took stock of the Covid-19 situation and decided to further tighten restrictions to contain the third wave of the virus.

Following are the decisions taken during the meeting:

  1. No takeaways will be allowed after the sunset from Friday (tomorrow) to Sunday

2. Only home deliveries will be allowed

3. Grocery shops to shut at 6pm

4. Karachi’s beaches including Hawksbay and Seaview will remain closed during Eid holidays

5. Pharmacies have been excempted from business timing restrictions

6. Vaccination centres will operate round the clock

The meeting decided to impose more restrictions from Sunday till Eid holidays are over.

CM Shah slams Center

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday said the federal government’s strategy to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country is “incomprehensible”.

The chief minister, addressing a press conference in the capital, said the coronavirus situation in the country was getting more serious by the day, as he called on the government to change its strategy.

The chief minister said inter-provincial transport should be banned for at least two weeks, just as Sindh had banned inter-provincial transport earlier.

The chief minister said in the National Coordination Committee meeting held a few days earlier, he had recommended putting a stop to the intercity transport.

“A federal minister asked people to go shop as in the last 10 days of Ramadan, the shops would be closed,” he said, taking a jibe at Asad Umar, who had indicated the government would be ramping up restrictions in the coming days.

The chief minister said the country faces a major setback as the federal government was unable to procure coronavirus vaccines on time. “We are far behind other third-world countries in terms of vaccination,” he said.

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“Prime Minister Imran Khan says there is no need to panic, but I have been scared for a long time,” the chief minister lamented.

He questioned what message the people will get when the prime minister “urges people to wear a mask one day and then the next day goes to inaugurate various projects”.

Shah said if Pakistan does not take steps urgently to curtail the virus’s spread, the situation in the country could escalate fast and turn into one like India.