NCOC eases Covid restrictions for indoor weddings, cinemas, stadiums

With a downward trend in new Covid-19 infections, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced it is lifting some pandemic-led restrictions which it put in place owing to the second wave of novel coronavirus.

According to details, NCOC has decided to lift various Covid-19 restrictions from March 15 owing to the downward trend in Covid infections across the country.

It added that the decisions could be reviewed again in view of the increase in coronavirus cases.

Furthermore, NCOC has also allowed 50 percent of crowds to attend the remaining Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 matches scheduled to be played in Karachi and Lahore.

The NCOC also allowed 20pc crowds to attend PSL 6 matches.

The decision means around 17,000 ticketed spectators would be allowed access inside the National Stadium per match day, while around 13,500 will be able to attend each match day at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Following are some of the decisions taken by the NCOC:

  • Condition of 50% work from home removed for office employees
  • Indoor wedding ceremonies will be allowed from March 15, 2021, with stringent COVID-19 SOPs
  • Indoor dining allowed from March 15
  • Opening of cinemas and shrines allowed from March 15
  • Time-limit lifted from commercial activities and amusement parks
  • Wearing of face masks, social distancing, smart lockdowns will continue
  • Local bodies and cantonment board elections can be conducted by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by the end of May or early June 2021.