NCOC takes important decisions today and announces the opening of schools

Lahore, 19th May: National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) held an important meeting today to review the current coronavirus situation in the country.

Under the chairmanship of NCOC head Mr. Asad Umar, the session was held on 19th May. It was Co-chaired by Lt General Hamood uz Zaman Khan.

As reported by Baaghi TV earlier, SAPM Health Faisal Sultan, Sindh Health Minister, and Chief Secretaries of all provinces attended the session via video link.

A detailed review of disease prevalence in Pakistan and corresponding NPIs was taken in the meeting today.

Following important decisions were taken regarding NPIs:

Sectors Opening from 24th May 21

1. Outdoor Restaurants will be opened daily till 12 midnight. Takeaways will be allowed 24/7.
2. Opening of Tourism sector under Stringent COVID Protocols. Separate instructions on protocols being issued to all federating units.
3. Opening of education institutes in districts with less than 5% positivity (staggered opening).

Sectors opening from 1st June (Subject to review on 27th May)

1. Outdoor marriage ceremonies with a maximum of 150 Individuals will be allowed.
2. Staggered opening of the education sector from 7th June (other than those opened from 24th May)

Closures of the following to continue till further review

1. Shrines
2. Cinemas
3. Indoor Dining
4. Indoor Gyms
5. Amusement Parks (however, walking/jogging tracks will remain open with strict adherence of
6. Complete ban on contact sports, festivals, cultural and other events
7. Ban on all types of indoor/outdoor gatherings (cultural, musical/religious/miscellaneous
8. Ban on inter Provincial Public Transport for two closed days (Sat/Sun) with effect from 22 May 21

Miscellaneous Decisions

1. Compliance with compulsory mask-wearing while incorporating innovative measures for enforcement
2. Implementation of broader lockdowns with stringent enforcement protocols based on risk assessment
3. Continuation of current In-bound and Land Border policy till further orders
4. Gadani and Misri Shah Industry will be re-opened from 20 May 21
5. Elective Surgeries will be reopened from 1st June
6. All SSC/HSSC exams will be held after 20 June 21. Whereas, the conduct of all professional/Non-
Professional exams will take place on a case-to-case basis as recommended by the Ministry of Education.

Sectors already allowed on 17TH May

1. Resumption of normal Office Working Hours with 50% strength (50% Work from Home)
2. Resumption of Market activities with closure by 08:00 pm (less essential services including export
related sector)
3. Public transport with 50% Capacity
4. Railways to operate with 70% occupancy
5. 2 x days as closed days during a week

A further detailed review of NPIs will be carried out on 27th May and 7th June 21 respectively.

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