Islamabad: Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Monday announced the government’s decision to reopen more businesses by relaxing some of the country’s going anti-corona lockdown restrictions through strict standard operating procedure (SOP) adherence, according to news sources.
The premiere said that the SOPs for these businesses would be formulated with the assistance of the one million volunteers registered under the Corona Relief Tiger Force (CRTF); who will help the district administration in implementing these regulations on industries, marketplaces and mosques – in addition to keeping check on price hikes caused by hoarding and profiteering.
Khan made these remarks while addressing an assembled CRTF as well as a few cabinet members; further revealing that a formal announcement regarding the reopening of businesses would soon be forthcoming. He warned of implementing another lockdown in case of non-compliance of these SOPs for businesses, as it could potentially lead to a spike in the number of virus-afflicted patients.
Furthermore, he opined that the biggest challenge ‘of the hour’ was to create a balanced environment where people could both be saved from the coronavirus as well as allowed to pursue their normal economic activities.