Lahore (Web Desk) The National Command and Operations Centre finalised the Standard Operating Procedures on Monday regarding the cattle markets and smart lockdown in several places of the country ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
In today’s meeting presided over by NCOC chairman Asad Umar, the session was briefed that the plan for congregational prayers will be the same as it was for Eid-ul-Fitr.
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, provincial Health Minister Yasmin Rashid, and Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat attended the session, along with other provincial representatives.
The forum was told that around 700 cattle markets will be functioning across Pakistan at the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, for which necessary guidelines have been forwarded.
Addressing the session via videolink, Umar said that the management of cattle markets is quite important in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus as people move back and forth during this time.
The minister said that the cattle markets will be set up outside the cities and a layout of these will be shared with everyone so health protocols and guidelines can be followed.
The NCOC chairman said that the local administrations should ensure that the cattle markets should operate from 6am to 7pm.
Among other guidelines, it was decided that the screening of those entering the markets is mandatory.
People will be asked to ensure they are wearing face masks and practicing social distancing. The officials will be asked to ensure that only a designated number of people will be allowed inside at one time to avoid over-crowding.