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The Punjab government has decided to keep markets across the province closed for three days a week

Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during the Coronavirus outbreak, with immediate action being taken against non-compliant SOPs and individuals, and a formal ordinance to impose fines.

LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to keep markets across the province closed for three days a week due to the spread of Coronavirus. Immediate action will be taken and a formal ordinance will be issued to impose fines. According to the details provided in the private TV report, after the dangerous spread of coronavirus in Punjab, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar has decided to crack down on the entire province.

Markets across the province will be allowed to open only four days a week to curb the dangerous spread of the coronavirus, the report said. All markets will be closed for 3 days a week.

Markets will not be allowed to open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. In addition, the ban on masks will be strictly enforced. For this purpose, a formal ordinance will be issued by the Punjab Assembly, under which police personnel will be allowed to impose fines.

It was further informed that the provincial government was considering to lockdown the provincial capital Lahore for two weeks from Monday due to increasing cases of the Karuna epidemic. The final decision in this regard will be taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Final approval of the decision will be sought from the Prime Minister after consultation with the NCOC in Islamabad. Only essential medicine and grocery stores will be allowed to open during the two-week lockdown. Consideration is also being given to seal the affected areas in Lahore by dividing them into different zones. In addition, entrances and exits to Lahore are also likely to be closed.

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