Lahore : The Punjab government has decided to strictly enforce the lockdown and take strict legal action against violators of SOPs of Covid-19 aftermarkets were opened since Monday.
This was stated by the provincial law minister Raja Basharat while issuing a special statement in his office on Thursday .
He said it was unfortunate that during the easing of lockdown, SOPs were not followed in most of the markets and there was more rush than usual in the markets. “This in itself is a major concern for public health and has the potential to increase the spread of the corona virus,” he said.
Raja Basharat said that now the government would strictly enforce the decision of closing the markets for three days from Friday through Sunday and no concessions would be made to anyone.
The law minister further said that relaxation in lockdown was conditional on some SOPs but the shopkeepers did not prove their responsibility, so if the markets open from next Monday, the government will be forced to take strict action on violation of SOPs. He warned that if the violation of SoPs prevails, the government may reconsider its decision on easing lock down.