New Notification of Preventive Measures for Breaking the Chain of Spread of CoronaVirus

Government of Sindh, Home Department has issued the official order on 24th March, 2020 in connection with new notification of preventive measures for breaking the chain of spread of CoronaVirus.

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No. SO(Jud-I)HD/8-1(04)/2020-Corona; Whereas, there has been a need to take further preventive measures in wake of increasing Corona Virus cases (COVID-19) in Sindh, therefore, the Government of Sindh, in exercise of powers conferred Section 3(I) of the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act 2014 (The Sindh Act VIII of 2015), and in continuation of earlier Order of even number dated 22.03.2020, is satisfied that it has become extremely urgent and important to implement following additional measures for the purpose of breaking the chain of spread of the virus:

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1) No industry, except that related to essential food items and medical and related items for domestic consumption is allowed to operate at any time of the day. These industrial units is establishments etc, making / producing / packaging etc, any non-essential items items unrelated to health and food shall close their operations as unnecessary gathering of factory workers and their movement in mass numbers seen during the day is posing greater threat of spread of disease.

2) Government offices and other essential services offices, which are allowed vide earlier Order shall operate only with bare minimum staff/technical staff.

3) There shall be strict bat on movement of persons from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am and;

a) All grocery / convenience / general / departmental stores (earlier allowed) will remain closed during this time

b) No medical stores (except those situated within / adjacent to public / private hospitals) are allowed to operate during this time

c) Movement of any person is strictly not allowed during this time except in medical emergency or staff responding to issues related to essential services like electricity, gas, emergency and hospital staff.

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This Order shall come in force w.e.f. 25.03.2020 and shall remain in force for a period of thirteen days.

The Government of Sindh in exercise of powers under section 3(1) read with 343) of the said Act further empowers Commissioners Deputy Commissioners of the respective Districts and Division in the province of Sindh to issue any further orders, directions or notices in coordination with respective DIGs and SSPs for the implementation of this order in letter and spirit.

Any person disobeying any direction or order and under this Order or any person facilitating, in any manner, the defiance of this order issued under the Sindh Epidemic Diseases Act shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the Pakistan Penal code as provided under Section 4 of the said Act.

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Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners as well as personnel of Law Enforcing Agencies above the rank of Inspector or equivalent are empowered under Section (I of the said Act to take any legal action on any contravention of this order or the directions / orders / notices issued there under including action under Section 188 of Pakistan Penal Code.

New Notification of Preventive Measures for Breaking the Chain of spread of CoronaVirus

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