Vaccinated people can occupy 80pc of public transport, railway seats
On instructions from the Sindh government, the Interior Ministry has issued a new order to announce the easing of more Covid-related restrictions, which include extending the seating capacity from 70% to 80% in public transport and railways. for vaccinated people.
The notification reads: “The NCOC [National Command & Operation Centre], in their letter of October 28, 2021, communicated the guidelines for the pursuit of NIPs [non-pharmaceutical interventions] diet across the country, based on the percentage of the population vaccinated.
“Since all districts in Sindh province fall under category ‘C’, the following NPI regime will be applied in Sindh province from November 1, 2021 to November 15, 2021.
“Accordingly, the original ministry, the Government of Sindh, in the exercise of the powers conferred under Article 3 (1) of the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Law of 2014 (Law VIII of 2015 on Sindh), is pleased to issue the following execution order in the territorial jurisdiction of Sindh province.
“Indoor gatherings are only allowed for fully vaccinated people, with a maximum limit of 300 people. Outdoor gatherings are only allowed for fully vaccinated people, with a maximum limit of 1,000 people.
“Meals indoors, including in shopping center food courts, are allowed at 50% occupancy only for fully vaccinated people until 11.59pm. Outdoor meals are only allowed for fully vaccinated people until 11:59 p.m.
“Take-out, drive-through and home meals are allowed 24/7, subject to compliance with all SOPs [standard operating procedures], with staff and deliverers duly vaccinated. Wearing of vaccination cards by guests is mandatory for inspection by LEA [law enforcement agencies].
“Indoor weddings and related ceremonies are only allowed for fully vaccinated people, with a maximum limit of 300 guests. Outdoor weddings and associated ceremonies are only allowed for people who have been vaccinated, with a maximum limit of 500 people.
“The market and commercial activities will continue until 10 p.m. Essential services will continue 24/7. All branches, staff and customers should follow Covid-related SOPs. There will be no closing days.
“Public transport is allowed with an occupancy rate of up to 80% of the number of seats for vaccinated people only and subject to compliance with all SOPs, with vaccinated staff. The wearing of the mask will continue in all types of public transport services.
“Rail services will operate with 80% occupancy of people vaccinated according to strict Covid protocols. Wearing the mask will continue throughout the journey.
“All types of educational institutions will follow 100% participation, with a targeted campaign to vaccinate students aged 12 and over according to the schedule of the compulsory vaccination regimen.
“Contact sports (karate, boxing, martial arts, rugby, water polo, kabaddi and wrestling) are only allowed for fully vaccinated people. Sanctuaries are allowed to resume for fully vaccinated people only. Cinemas are only allowed to open for fully vaccinated people until 1 a.m.
“Normal office hours will continue with 100% attendance. All employees should be fully immunized. Indoor gymnasiums are only allowed for fully vaccinated people. All amusement parks, water sports and swimming pools will continue their activities at 50% of their capacity. Public parks can remain open under strict Covid protocols.
“The policy of controlled tourism for fully vaccinated individuals will continue and will be handled by the district administration. Meals and drinks can be served during flight travel for domestic airlines. However, the wearing of the mask will continue throughout the journey.
“District administrations can impose broader lockdowns for specific areas within their jurisdictions with strict Covid protocols based on a risk assessment. District administrations will implement targeted LTC [smart lockdowns] and mSLD [micro-smart lockdowns]. Wearing a mask will be compulsory in public places while incorporating innovative application measures. “