Businesses will reopen if COVID-19 figures follow a persisted declining trend.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan said all the businesses, including restaurants, marriage halls, educational institutions, and those associated with the tourism sector, will reopen if the present trend of low Covid-19 cases persisted until the end Muharram.

Addressing the nation, Mr. Khan urged citizens to keep taking precautionary measures seriously during Eid-ul-Azha and Muharram to prevent a spike in coronavirus cases just like after Eid-ul-Fitr.

He said, “Be careful. If we pass Eid and Muharram with caution, there are chances that all closed businesses might reopen.”

The country, and the economy, cannot afford any more surges in cases, especially those in the vulnerable age group; urging the nation to observe their animal sacrifice ritual online and follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs), Prime Minister Khan requested specially to those who are or will visit the animal market.

While advising to SOPs violators – shopkeepers and customers – he asked them to observe social distancing and try to act maturely by avoiding the carelessness, referencing how soon after Eid-ul -Fitr the number cases increased rapidly.

While mentioning Australia and Spain examples, the minister said,

“I appeal to everyone not to be complacent about COVID-19; adopt safety measures, and do not risk the lives of the elderly and patients.”

He said he lauded his government for launching the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme and his COVID-special team for giving its best during the difficult time. In the Ehsaas program, an unprecedented number of challenging people were given financial assistance after verifying from Nadra.

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