Amid the increasing spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan, the National Coordination Committee has imposed an immediate ban on large gatherings in the country.
According to a statement issued, the NCC has imposed a ban on outdoor gatherings that have more than 300 attendees.
The NCC said that the management of any event will be responsible for implementing standard operations procedures (SOPs) pertaining to coronavirus.
|#||Decisions/directions by NCC||Responsibility||Timeline|
|1||Large gatherings: All Outdoor gatherings of more than 300 persons to be banned. SOP implementation shall be the responsibility of the organizers and they would be liable for any death or spread of Covid-19 due to these gatherings as per law.||All Chief Secretaries/Chief Commissioner ICT||Immediate|
|2||Weddings: No indoor event to be allowed; only outdoor events with maximum of 300 guests will be allowed.||All Chief Secretaries/Chief Commissioner ICT||November 20, 2020|
|3||Restaurants: Indoor dinning allowed for present. To be reviewed in a week’s time. The public is strongly encouraged to use either outdoor or takeaway options. This is in view of high risk of transmission of virus in close indoor settings especially when masks are taken off during eating.||All Chief Secretaries/Chief Commissioner ICT||Immediate|
|4||Educational institutions: The option of early/extended winter vacations will be reviewed after consultation by Federal Education & Professional Tra ining Division with all Provinces/Federating Units, in a week’s time.||Minister, Federal Education & Professional Training Division
Provincial Education Ministers
|November 23, 2020|
|5||Reiteration of enforcement of masks in all closed and crowded spaces by local authorities as previously decided.||All Chief Secretaries/Chief Commissioner ICT||Immediate|
If the event leads to the spread of the virus, the management will be held responsible.
On marriages, it said that a ban would be imposed on indoor gatherings from November 20 and that only outdoor events will be permitted with an upper limit of 300 people.
The NCC will convene a meeting next week to decided on imposing a ban on indoor dining at restaurants, adding that people will be encouraged to eat outdoors or take food home.
Local authorities will ensure that people wear masks in all crowded spaces, the NCC added.
It must be noted that the ban also extends to political rallies. The Pakistan Democratic Movement has however vowed it will hold all scheduled rallies as planned. Their next rally is due to take place in Peshawar on November 22.
Education ministry's proposal for educational institutions
Separately, the Federal Ministry of Education has sent recommendations for educational institutions to the provincial governments, proposing that they be closed from November 24 to January 31, 2021.
It proposed that primary schools be closed from November 24 and middle schools from December 2.