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Restaurants, cinemas, tourism across country are allowed to reopen: Asad Umar


On Thursday, the federal government decided to permit the reopening of restaurants, hotels, cinemas, beauty parlours, gyms and other businesses in the hospitality and recreational sectors by the end of this week – almost five months after they were closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic – following the decline in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

Tourism industry restrictions, which include hotels, will be lifted as early as 8 August (Tomorrow). From 10 August restaurants, cinemas and other businesses, as well as shrines and exhibition centers were allowed to reopen. The ban on pillion riding and public transport has also been lifted.

These sectors were on the negative list of the government-meaning they posed a greater chance of exposure the virus.

From 15 September wedding halls and educational institutions will be permitted to operate.


During a National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting on Covid-19, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan and attended by representatives from all the provinces, the decision to reopen these sectors was made.

In consultation with the provinces, the meeting participants discussed recommendations prepared by the National Command an Operation Center (NCOC) on Covid-19.

Federal Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar, who heads the NCOC, briefing the media on the meeting, said the non-contact outdoor and indoor games will also be permitted from August 10.

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