Tuesday May 04, 2021
Like every year ahead of Eid ul Fitr in Pakistan, citizens are flocking to shopping centres and bazaars to get ready for the holy festival that marks the end of Ramadan.
Due to the alarming coronavirus situation, however, the federal government has announced a 9-day long campaign "STAY HOME-STAY SAFE — Eid-ul-Fitr-2021 from 8-16 May 2021".
The main objective of the campaign is to curb the virus's spread.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to form monitoring teams at federal, provincial, and district levels to ensure the implementation of coronavirus SOPs from May 8-16.
From May 8-16, all businesses and shops will remain closed with a few exceptions, like grocery stores, pharmacies, petrol pumps, and bakeries, etc. Food outlets will be allowed to operate only for deliveries and take-aways.
A complete ban on tourism for both locals and outsiders will be observed. Tourist spots, parks, shopping malls, hotels, and restaurants — for both indoor and outdoor dining — will remain closed.
Meanwhile, citizens of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir will be allowed to return to their areas.