Govt announces reopening schools in Punjab, KP districts from Sept 16

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ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief Asad Umar Tuesday announced that the government is reopening schools in five districts of Punjab and one district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, from September 16. 

The NCOC chairman announced that the NCOC had earlier placed strict restrictions on 24 districts throughout the country. Out of these, strict restrictions will only be imposed in six districts while the rest have been allowed relaxations. 

“These six districts [where strict restrictions will continue to remain] are Lahore, Faislabad, Multan, Gujrat, Sargodha and Bannu districts,” he said. 

The minister said that even in these districts, the government has decided to allow some relaxations. “Inter-city transport was earlier banned altogether from these districts. Now, buses can resume inter-city transport by accommodating 50% capacity of passengers,” he added.  

Similarly, he said schools in these six districts will resume on-campus classes from September 16, with 50% attendance in classes. 

Asad Umar said that outdoor dining in these districts were allowed to remain open till 10pm. “We have extended the time for outdoor dining till midnight. Indoor dining at restaurants, however, will remain banned,” he clarified. 

He said amusement parks, recreational spots and parks will remain open. Only vaccinated persons will be allowed to visit amusement parks, he clarified. The NCOC chief announced that the government was allowing outdoor activities but with a limit of 400 persons only. 

“However, indoor gatherings will continue to remain banned,” he said. 

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