Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Usman Buzdar has said that the provincial government has unanimously agreed with the federal government’s decision to ease the province’s ongoing lockdown restrictions to facilitate businesses related to the construction industry, a news source reported. This move is intended to provide relief to the countless Pakistanis linked, directly or indirectly, to industries that support the construction sector.
As per reports, Buzdar specifically mentioned that businesses allowed to resume operations across the province include manufacturing, distribution and sale of pipes, sanitary-wares, ceramics, paint, cables, steel, aluminum, and all related hardware. Speaking to media on Thursday (May 7), he said that the small markets and shops in Punjab will operate 5 days a week (Monday to Friday) from sunrise to 5 PM.
Moreover, the chief minister also clarified that the timing specified for construction related businesses do not apply on pharmacies, general stores, medical stores, milk shops, tandoors, bakeries and other shops that were already previously reopened.
In order to ensure that the government succeeds in its move to resume business activity while keeping the COVID-19 transmissions under control, Buzdar requested the general public to strictly follow the suggested SOPs for this very purpose.