Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration has announced specific measures to ensure public safety and maintain peace and tranquility in the city in the wake of Coronavirus.
It was the continuation of the order issued by the Ministry of Interior earlier to impose the Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (Crpc) in Islamabad, said a notification issued by the ICT Administration.
It said the decision was taken on the recommendations of the public health expert so as to ensure public safety, conserve lives, and maintain peace and tranquility in the territorial jurisdiction of Islamabad.
“All markets, shopping malls, restaurants and private offices shall remain closed. Public offices will function from 10:00 am to 04:00 pm except on Friday for which timing will be 10:00 am to 01:00 pm,” it said.
Intra-city, inter-district and inter-province movements of people by public transport have been banned in the city while the metro bus service of Rawalpindi and Islamabad would be allowed to operate for four hours a day, it added.
It said the bus will remain functional from 08:30 am to 10:30 am and from 03:30 pm to 05:30. Friday timing for the metro would be 08:30 am to 10:30 am and from 12:30 pm to 02:30 pm.
The passengers have to keep a distance of one seat during their travel through the bus. The cabs are allowed to operate for which a separate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be issued soon, it added.
There shall also be a complete ban on all kinds of gatherings including social and religious at any place such as public or private. “Langar Khannas (food centre) and Panagahs (shelter home) shall remain functional and Islamabad Administration will also establish ‘Ration’ warehouses for the needy and underprivileged.”
The Out Door Patient Departments in all hospitals would remain suspended. However, emergency services would remain operational.