Many areas of Rawalpindi have been put under smart lockdown to protect against viruses.

RAWALPINDI – The city’s district administration has decided to put eight other densely populated areas of the district under smart lockdown from June 30 (Tuesday) as the number of novel coronavirus (Kovid-19) cases is increasing.

According to a notification issued by the Rawalpindi district administration, eight hotspot areas including Gulzar-e-Qaid, Khayban-e-Sir Syed, Dhoke Ali Akbar, Kotha Kalan, Morga, Takhat ji, Nankari Bazaar and Bara Bazar will be kept here. ‘Smart Lockdown’ for 10 days.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DC) Capt (R) Anwar ul Haq said that smart lockdown is being imposed in these areas to control the spread of Kovid-19. As part of the lockdown, he said that the movement of local people during businesses would be restricted – except for essential items – to be closed.

He said that the administration, on the instructions of the Punjab government, was taking security measures for the prevention and control of coronaviruses.

All markets, shopping malls, restaurants, offices, (public and private) will remain closed in these areas. He said there would be a complete ban on the movement of people by public and private transport from these areas by public and private transport, except for the limited movement of one vehicle per person for exempt facilities.

The DC stated that there would be a complete ban on gatherings in these areas for any type of social, religious or any other purpose, public or private. Grocery stores, general / kairana stores, atta mills, fruit and vegetable shops, tandoor and petrol pumps will be exempted and allowed to operate during 9 am to 7 pm.

Similarly, all medical services and pharmacies / medical stores, laboratories and collection points, hospitals and clinics will be allowed to be open 24 hours seven days a week. Milk shops, chicken and meat / fish shops and bakeries also operate from 7 am to 7 pm.

The notification revealed that large department stores would only keep their grocery / pharmacy section open with all the precautionary measures while all other sections would remain closed during the full lockdown period.

The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) against coronaviruses will be strictly implemented to control the spread of disease in these areas.

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