ISLAMABAD - The administration of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has issued fresh Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) in view of the eased lockdown.

The SOPs will apply in the jurisdiction of Islamabad capital city. It said the commercial marakaz in all the sectors would open for five days from Sehri to 5pm but with the assurance that SOPs will be implemented in letter and spirit. The sectors which have been allowed to open for 7/24 include auto workshops, stores of spare parts, petrol pumps, food home delivery and tandoors.

On the other side, general stores, karyana stores, bakery, attachakkis, dairy shops, meat shops, vegetable and fruit shops, sabzimandi, kettle market, construction-related industry and stores have been allowed to open for seven days from 9am to 5pm. Similarly, industry relating to steel, aluminum, PVC pipe, paint, ceramics, electronic appliances, and all other industries that are not included in the banned list have been allowed to open for seven days from 9am to 5pm.

The SOPs further said that marquees, cinema halls, marriage halls, restaurants, hotels have not been allowed to open as yet. Furthermore, barber shops, educational institutions, public transport and gyms would remain closed for the time period.

The administration has warned the traders that violation of the SOPs’ violation would lead to sealing of the outlet. As of Wednesday, there were 759 confirmed coronavirus cases in the federal capital with the number increasing rapidly with each passing day.  The public has been largely seen violating the SOPs despite government’s efforts to restrict them at homes.