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NCOC eases down restrictions, permits open air dining till 12.00 am

The National Command and Operation Centre announced on Wednesday a number of decisions to ease the coronavirus restrictions in Pakistan.

The decisions were made at a meeting presided over by Planning Minister Asad Umar in Islamabad.

Here are the measures that will take effect from May 24:

  • Outdoor dining allowed at restaurants till 12am
  • Takeaways allowed around the clock
  • Tourist spots allowed to open with strict COVID-19 protocols in place 
  • Schools and universities will be reopened in districts with less than 5% coronavirus positivity rate 
  • Gadani and Misri Shah industry will be re-opened from May 20

Restrictions that will be eased from June 1:

  • Outdoor weddings can take place with 150 guests
  • Schools and universities to reopen
  • Elective surgeries will resume June 1

The following measures will be reviewed on May 27:

  • Wearing masks in public places
  • Continuation of current in-bound and land border policy till further orders
  • All SSC / HSSC exams will be held after June 20. Professional exams will take place on a case-to-case basis as recommended by the Ministry of Education

The NCOC said the following restrictions will remain in place till further orders:

  • Closure of shrines, cinemas, indoor gyms
  • Ban on indoor dining  
  • Closure of amusement parks (walking / jogging tracks will stay open with strict SOPs)
  • Complete ban on sports, cultural and other events
  • Ban on all types of indoor and outdoor gatherings (cultural, musical and religious)
  • Inter-provincial transport to remain suspended on Saturdays and Sundays


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