Balochistan imposes smart lockdown for two weeks


QUETTA:   Balochistan has decided to impose a smart lockdown for two weeks as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.
As per media reports the notification issued by the district administration said that Balochistan will temporarily close its border with Afghanistan and Iran. People will only be allowed to cross the border in an emergency.
Saturday and Sunday have been declared holidays which means that all businesses, markets, and shopping malls will remain closed on the weekends. Interprovincial travel will remain suspended on these days too.
The timings of markets and offices have been revised too. They will now close at 6pm.
The ban on all indoor and outdoor gatherings remains in place, while restaurants have been barred from allowing indoor dining.
Eateries will remain open from iftar to 12am for outdoor dining and takeaways.
Taraweeh prayers must be held open-air, while parks and tourist spots will remain closed.
The lockdown will be in place from April 17 (today) to May 1.
Balochistan reported 82 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. The province has a positivity ratio of 8%. In Quetta, two schools were sealed recently after students reported coronavirus cases.