Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has announced that businesses in the province will open four days a week from 9am to 3pm.
As per details, the decision has been taken during a meeting of the Sindh cabinet which was chaired by Murad Ali Shah.
It has been decided that all shops, including grocery and others will operate from Monday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm. The Sindh government will also issue SOPs for the businesses which will be implemented immediately. In case of any violation of the SOPs, the relevant markets or shops would be sealed, the government has decided.
In addition, cooked food could be ordered and delivered from 5pm to 10 pm during Ramazan while delivery of food items will not be allowed in Sehri.
Moreover, the lockdown in the province will continue after 5pm.
Earlier, after consulting traders, the Sindh government finalised the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for businesses to continue operations during the lockdown.
As per the newly framed SOPs, car showrooms, mechanic shops and other businesses associated with the automobile sector have been clubbed together and will operate on the same day.
Similarly, garments and cloth shops, boutiques, tailoring shops, embroidery shops and other relevant businesses have been put in the same category.
Meanwhile, shops selling household items, furniture, carpets, bedding, crockery and articles made of plastic have been placed under one category, while markets and shops dealing in electronic appliances, mobile markets and electronics and mobile repair shops have also been grouped together.
Another category comprises businesses dealing in construction goods, carpenter shops, hardware stores, sanitary ware shops and markets selling wood and iron goods.
Businesses dealing in industrial goods and materials, motor and engineering services, repair shops and chemicals constitute a separate category.