Federal government on Tuesday decided to give five holidays to all public and private employees on Eidul Fitr.
The announcement was made by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry in a press conference held after a meeting of the federal cabinet.
It is pertinent to mention here that the National Command Operation Center (NCOC) had proposed the government to announce week-long Eid holidays starting May 10 to May 16, in wake of the rapid surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
The proposal for week-long holidays had been sent to the Ministry of Interior. The ministry will make a decision and then send its proposal to the federal cabinet for the final decision.
Earlier today, government, in a bid to curb coronavirus spread in the country, has decided to close all tourist resorts, public parks and hotels in and around tourist spots during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
According to the circular issued by the Interior Ministry, inter-city and inter-provincial transport will be banned during Eid holidays; however, locals especially of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) will be allowed to travel.
The ministry further directed that routes leading to tourist spots will be closed with special focus on Murree, Galliyat, Swat-Kalam, Sea View/beaches and Northern Areas.
Interior Ministry has also directed to ensure timely issuance of SOPs / guidelines for Itekaf, Shab-e-Qadar, Jumma-tul-Wda and Namaz-e-Eid.
Earlier, National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Monday proposed the government to announce week-long Eid holidays from May 10 to May 16.
According to sources, the proposal for week-long holidays has been sent to the Ministry of Interior. The ministry will make a decision and then send its proposal to the federal cabinet for the final decision.