Punjab tightens coronavirus restrictions, businesses to close at 6pm from April 1

02:01 PM | 29 Mar, 2021
Punjab tightens coronavirus restrictions, businesses to close at 6pm from April 1
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LAHORE – The Punjab government on Monday reimposed a number of restrictions to stern the third wave of novel Covid-19.

Considering an alarming rise of Covid cases in the Punjab capital, the top provincial authorities presided a meeting to review the worsening situation.

Apart from limiting business hours and closing parks and restaurants' dine-in services, the authorities also suspend Metro bus and Orange Line train services as well as public transport from April 1.

The government has made the wearing of face masks mandatory and a policy of micro smart lockdown will also be adopted.

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