Cattle markets to operate between 6 am to 7 pm

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has decided to restrict the operations of cattle markets across the country between 6 am and 7 pm.

Federal Minister for Planning – Asad Umar chaired a meeting of NCOC to formulate the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Eid-ul-Azha 2020, and announced that the operations of cattle markets across the country will be limited between 6 am and 7 am.

Furthermore, according to the SOPs agreed by the NCOC, everyone entering the cattle markets will be screened, whereas the provision of face masks will also be made mandatory.

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, provincial Health Minister Yasmin Rashid, and Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat attended the session, along with other provincial representatives.

The forum was told that around 700 cattle markets will be functioning across Pakistan at the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, for which necessary guidelines have been forwarded.

Notably, the meeting reviewed the management of cattle markets and standard operating procedures (SOPs), which have been provided to all relevant departments. No cattle markets will be allowed inside cities, the meeting further decided.

Moreover, wearing masks inside the market was made mandatory, whereas all visitors are to be screened at the entrance.

The forum also discussed smart lockdowns imposed in certain areas due to a higher number of the coronavirus cases and a future strategy regarding the lockdowns.

The NCOC identified 30 cities as COVID hotspots, with maximum infected people using auto trace and National Information Technology Board maps.


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