Tourism, public transport suspended on Eid to fight coronavirus


ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday announced to temporarily suspend public transport and tourism in a bid to strengthen efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Radio Pakistan reported.

A communiqué issued by the Ministry of Interior announced the aforementioned services would remain suspended between May 8 and 16.

Travel, both inter-provincial and inter-city, during the Eid holidays will also remain suspended however, locals of Gilgit-Baltistan would be allowed to return to their homeland.

Roads leading to tourist spots will remain closed “with a special focus on Murree, Galiyat, Swat-Kalam, Sea View/beaches and northern areas”. All tourist resorts, public parks, hotels, restaurants shopping malls, and transport “in and around” the tourist points will remain closed.

The notification also called for timely issuance of health guidelines and suggestions for Itikaf, Qadr Night, Jumu’atul-Wida and Eid prayer.

It also called on authorities to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during the Eidul Fitr holidays.