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SOPs for Eidul Azha issued after Delta variant surge in Punjab

Eidul Azha SOPs

New SOPs have been issued for Eidul Azha in order to curb the Covid’s Delta variant cases in Punjab as the number of coronavirus cases are again surging.  

On Sunday, the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department issued special standard operating procedures (SOPs). According to Secretary Sarah Aslam, the campaign for vaccination and implementation of coronavirus SOPs duration had been extended till July 25. 

She said the National Command Operation Centre had issued special SOPs for various sectors and the orders were issued to all deputy commissioners to implement them. 

As per the special SOPs for Eidul Azha

  • Only vaccinated individuals are allowed to travel through inter-province boundary/tourist destinations’ entry points. 
  • No hotel reservation for non-vaccinated tourists. 
  • Enhanced rapid antigen tests (RATs) of tourists at sentinel sites of tourists’ destinations. 
  • Adherence to dine-in policy of 50pc occupancy. 
  • The transport sector (bus stands/railway stations) occupancy must not exceed 70pc limit of the capacity of any transport, shopping malls and market places should adhere to prescribed timings, over crowdedness in shopping malls and market must be averted. 
  • Only essential services i.e. petrol pumps, pharmacies, vaccination centres, milk/dahi shops, tandoors and takeaways can remain open 24/7. 
  • The document of SOPs also states that wedding halls, irrespective of capacity, are adhering to specified indoor limit of 200 vaccinated guests and outdoor limit of 400 citizens. 

Read more: Health ministry issues SOPs for Eidul Azha to contain spread of COVID-19

Stringent measures should be taken for ensuring security of mosques, imambargahs, shrines, other vulnerable establishments during Eidul Azha and Muharramul Haram, said Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ghulam Mahmood Dogar. 

Meanwhile, DIG Operations Sajid Kiani said no illegal cattle sale points other than the 12 approved ones would be allowed to do business in the city. He issued directions for an increased visibility and patrolling of all units of Lahore Police on roads, sensitive installations, religious and public places in wake of present border situation. 

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