NCOC imposes ban on indoor dining in Islamabad

Jan 20, 2022: A complete ban has been imposed on indoor dining while outdoor dining has been allowed for vaccinated individuals. Takeaway services will remain operational.

After Islamabad’s positivity rate jumped to 11.8 per cent on Wednesday, the capital administration on Wednesday issued a list of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to prevent spread of the virus.

The NPIs, issued by the office of Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat on Wednesday, are a combination of protective measures in addition to drugs to protect against CoVID-19. According to the notification, all types of educational institutions will be open for children below 12 years of age with 50% attendance. The notification states that vaccination is mandatory (at least one dose) for students over 12 years of age.

All markets in Islamabad will remain open while government and private offices and institutions across Islamabad will operate with 100% attendance. However, all employees will have to undergo full vaccination, the notification added. Indoor gatherings will be completely banned. Outdoor gatherings with a maximum of 300 people will be allowed. These NPIs will remain in effect until February 15.

Moreover, there will be a complete ban on contact sports (karate, boxing, martial arts, rugby, water polo, kabaddi and wrestling) in the capital, the notification said, adding that cinemas, amusement parks and shrines will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity for fully vaccinated people in Islamabad.

In Islamabad, from January 20, the inner city public transport will run with 70% of the population. In addition to indoor and outdoor activities, the wedding order will be effective January 31 and February 15, respectively.

As a result of covid-19 spread, 24 schools and colleges have been sealed in Islamabad, with five later reopened.

At present, there are 3,335 active cases, out of which 67 were admitted to hospitals.

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