Markets violating COVID-19 SOPs to be shutdown, warns government

The federal government has warned of shutting down shops and markets found guilty of violating COVID-19 SOPs imposed by the government as part of easing down the lockdown restrictions.

Dr Shahbaz Gill – special Assistant to Prime Minister of Pakistan for Political Communication, took to social media to reiterate government’s resolve to strictly implement coronavirus SOPs across the country.

“As per the decisions of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), major markets across the country who are not adhering to government SOPs will be shut down from today,” he tweeted.

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“The process of shutting down of markets has already begun in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Everyone must strictly follow government SOPs,” he added.

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It is to be noted that coronavirus lockdown restrictions were lifted on June 1 after NCOC decided to allow various sectors, industries and businesses to reopen under strict preventive SOPs and guidelines.

Furthermore, Chief Secretary Punjab Jawad Rafique Malik has also announced that major markets in the province will be sealed in case of violations of government SOPs. The government action against SOPs violation will soon be initiated in Lahore, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi, he warned.