After strongly opposing smart lockdown, Sindh govt has succumbed to the demands of public transport unions. Resuming public transport can be dangerous as COVID-19 has reached its peak.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed for formulation of Standard Operating Procedures for resumption of public transport in the province.
He was talking to Provincial Minister for Transport Syed Awais Shah in Karachi today (Sunday).
During the meeting, Syed Awais Shah apprised the CM Sindh about the reservations of the transporters and problems being faced by them.
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Murad Ali Shah said that provincial government will address reservations of transporters on priority basis.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has said more isolation centers should be set up in the province, including Karachi, and the capacity of Expo Isolation Center should be enhanced from 1200 to 1500.
Chairing a meeting in Karachi on Sunday, he asked the Commissioner Karachi to design a plan in this regard.
The Chief Minister said permission has been given for online business in the province.
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He appealed to people to take all precautionary measures.
Sindh govt issues SOPs for online businesses
Sindh government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for online businesses to operate in the province.
According to SOPs issued by the government, all online businesses are required to submit receipt of every business transaction as a proof to the government.
Owners of the business will be responsible for health of the workers, whose temperature should be checked at entry points. Head of the market will be responsible for implementing all SOPs.
SOPs further states that no additional permissions are required for any shop owners to operate but customer will not be allowed to visit shop under any circumstances and all orders should be taken online.
Sindh Interior ministry further states that online business will be allowed to operate from April 27 till further notice. However ministry has imposed ban on all stalls of fruit chat, samosa and other similar items.
Earlier, the provincial home department issued notifications detailing the activities allowed and barred during the holy month due to the restrictions on movement amid COVID-19 pandemic.
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The notification barred the public from offering Tarawih prayers in mosques and directed them to offer it at their homes due to the virus outbreak fear.
Online Int’l News with additional input by GVS News Desk
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