The Punjab government on Sunday made wearing face masks for people mandatory in public due to rising COVID-19 cases in the province.

“Masks are compulsory in Punjab now”, said Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Punjab on Information.

For those not adhering to this can be sent to jail for six months and fined, she added.

Furthermore, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has proposed a complete ban on all wedding ceremonies in Punjab from April 5 till Eid.

One of the most important things we are doing is reducing 50% seat occupancy in inter-city travel and we hope that transport associations will help us out in this, SAPM said.

“The final decision over the matter will be taken by the Punjab government in a meeting tomorrow,” she said.

Smart lockdown imposed in 52 areas of Punjab

In a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the province, the government of Punjab has imposed smart lockdown in various cities of the province.

According to the notification, 27 localities have been sealed in Lahore, 19 in Faisalabad, four in Gujrat and two in Multan

“Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Government of Punjab, after the approval from the chief minister and in the exercise of powers conferred under Section 4(C), 5(1) (e) and 5(1) (f) of the Punjab infectious Diseases (Prevention and Control) Act 2020, do hereby order that there shall be “controlled entry and exit” in the areas of district Lahore identified as hotspots of COVID-19 diseased areas of district Lahore identified as hotspots of COVID-19 disease with immediate effect till 9th of April,”

All the markets, shopping malls, restaurants, offices (public and private) will remain closed in these areas. There shall be a complete ban on the movement of people to and from these areas, read the notification.



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