Punjab govt bans Yaum-e-Ali processions, gatherings
Statesman Report
LAHORE: The Punjab government on Thursday announced a ban on Youm-e-Ali processions in the province in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a notification issued by the home department, the government has allowed the holding of majalis in Imam Bargahs and houses on the basis that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government are strictly observed.
The notification added the majalis can only be held for one hour. In case of non-compliance with SOPs, the organisers of the majalis will be held accountable.
Moreover, the notification added a distance of six-feet should be maintained between people at the imam bargahs, while children and adults over the age of 50 will not be allowed to attend the gatherings.
The development takes place as coronavirus cases in Pakistan surged past 35,000 on Thursday with more than 730 deaths.
Earlier, the Sindh government had announced a ban on religious gatherings during the holy month of Ramadan, which includes Yaum-e-Ali and Mehfil-e-Shabeena.