An important session of NCOC, under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umer, was held in Islamabad on Monday and attended by chief secretaries of all provinces via video link.
The forum expressed grave concern over current Covid-19 situation in the country and unanimously agreed for implementation of high impact interventions in cities and districts with positivity greater than 8 per cent – at least three days rolling average – to contain the disease spread.
The NCOC session decided following steps:
1. Implementation of broader lockdowns with stringent enforcement protocols based on risk assessment. No mobility will be allowed except emergencies.
2. Closure of all type of indoor dining. However, outdoor dining permitted till 10:00 pm. Takeaways will be allowed.
3. Closure of all commercial activities (less essential services) by 8:00 pm.
4. Two safe days per week will be observed. Choice of days will be at the discretion of Federating Units.
5. Gatherings with upper limit of 300 persons will be allowed with strict adherence of Covid-19 SOPs. However, all types of indoor gatherings involving cultural, musical / religious or miscellaneous event will be banned.
6. Complete closure of cinemas and shrines will continue to be enforced.
7. Complete ban on contact sports, festivals, cultural and other events.
8. Outdoor marriage functions till 10:00 pm with upper limit of 300 guests with strict adherence of Covid-19 SOPs (event duration 2 hours only). No indoor functions will be allowed.
9. Complete closure of amusement parks, however, walking/jogging tracks will remain open with strict adherence of SOPs.
10. 50% work from home policy will continue in all public and private offices and courts.
11. Intercity public transport to operate at 50% of capacity.
12. Rail service to operate at 70% of capacity.
13. Compulsory mask wearing be ensured by all federating units while incorporating innovative measures for enforcement.
14. Reduced presence at courts (City, District, High Courts and SC).
15. Stringent protocols for tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and tourist places elsewhere. Sentinel testing sites at entry points / selected locations be established.
16. Mass media coverage highlighting punitive actions.
The session decided that these high impact interventions will be implemented forthwith and will remain enforced till April 11, and a review will be carried out on April 7.
Meanwhile, the NCOC has also decided to review the decisions related to education sector, enforced with effect from March 10, on March 24.