Sindh brings strong curbs as COVID surges again

-Decides to ban indoor dining, close schools

From Zeeshan Mirza

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Wednesday decided to reimpose coronavirus restrictions with indoor dining and schools set to close again due to a resurgence in Covid-19 cases in the province.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the Provincial Task Force on Coronavirus presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. The ban on indoor dining would begin from today (July 15) night. As for schools, classes for grades 1-8 would be suspended from Saturday while examinations will be held as per schedule for grades 9 and above.
Closures from July 15 (Thursday): Indoor dining, Cinemas, Public transport to operate with 50 per cent occupancy. Closures from July 16 (Friday): Indoor gyms and indoor sports activities, Amusement parks, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools.
Closures from July 17 (Saturday): Schools for grades 1-8, Cinemas will also close down from Thursday. Amusement parks, water parks, theme parks and swimming pools are set to close from Friday along with indoor gyms and indoor sports activities. The notification by the Sindh Home department added that there would be a “complete ban” on inland tourism such as visiting Sea View, Hawkesbay and Keenjhar lake.
It added that the restrictions would be enforced till July 31. The decision comes after health officials on Monday proposed renewed restrictions fearing the fourth wave of the pandemic rearing its head in the province, particularly in Karachi.