Sindh cautious ahead of easing lockdown

From Zeeshan Mirza

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Sunday announced the reopening of community markets, retail outlets and neighbourhood shops located in residential areas in Sindh from Monday, May 11.
He made the announcement during a meeting with the small traders’ association at the Sindh Assembly Auditorium. “Shops and markets in Sindh, except plazas and shopping malls, will reopen from Monday (tomorrow) under standard operating procedures (SOPs),” the chief minister announced.
“Business activities across the province will operate from 6am to 4pm from Monday to Thursday. There will be a grace period of an hour to close the shops. The lockdown will then start from 5pm sharp and continue until the next morning,” he added.
The meeting was also attended by provincial ministers, Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, Chief Secretary Sindh Mumtaz Shah and Sindh Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Maher, among other officials.
According to the chief minister, the following businesses will reopen from Monday (tomorrow) and will operate between 6am and 4pm, Mondays to Thursdays:
Construction activities and related manufacturing industries Community markets Retail outlets Shops in rural areas Neighbourhood shops located in residential areas All businesses except the essential ones will remain closed on Friday, Saturday and Saturday the days will be marked as “safe days”. The chief minister added that the following will remain closed:
Shopping malls, plazas and all other sectors and businesses that were not cleared for reopening after May 9 All educational institutions Restaurants, hotels, marriage halls and cinemas Public gatherings, processions, congregations, sports events and concerts will remain banned Public transport Barber shops, beauty parlours, spas, game centres, gyms, cafes, social clubs and parks will also remain closed. Shah acknowledged that the lockdown measures, enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus, have greatly impacted businesses.