Markets reopen across Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – After easing lockdown, the small markets across Pakistan have reopened on Monday. Small markets have reopened – with implementation over standard operating procedures (SOPs) – after 47 days as Pakistan has on Monday eased the coronavirus lockdown. The government offices in Sindh will also reopen. The Auqaf, human rights, trade and business, investment and works and services offices are being reopened. Small markets have reopened in Punjab where barbers and beauty parlors have also been allowed to work while shopping malls, plazas and educational institutions still remain closed. No business will be conducted on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The provincial government has extended the lockdown till May 31. Public transport, cinemas and recreational spots remain closed in Sindh along with gaming zones and cafes. The provincial regime has issued SOPs and declared Friday, Saturday and Sunday as ‘safe days’ during which complete lockdown will be observed. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has also allowed to conduct business activities for four days a week while markets will remain shut for three days. Smart lockdown has started in Balochistan and the provincial regime has announced to take strict action against those who violate SOPs. The lockdown has also been eased in the federal capital with new SOPs. General stores, bakeries, atta chakkis, vegetable shops are allowed to remain open from 09:00am to 05:00pm. All big markets and salons remain closed.