A person carrying a facemask walks alongside a abandoned avenue throughout a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a safety measure in opposition to the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Azad Kashmir on March 29, 2020. — AFP

MUZAFFARABAD: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) authorities on Tuesday introduced a partial lockdown within the area to curb the current surge in COVID- 19 instances.

Based on the notification, the markets and commerce centres falling underneath the AJK  jurisdiction will observe two secure days, on Saturdays and Sundays, and shall be allowed to stay open until  8pm  in the course of the common days.

Furthermore, eating places have been barred from providing dine-in companies; they will supply open-air eating and take away companies until 10pm in the course of the lockdown.

Equally, indoor wedding ceremony ceremonies and public gatherings are  additionally prohibited, beginning August 8. Nonetheless, out of doors occasions with a most of 400 company  shall be exempt from the rule.

All of the dargahs throughout the area have been closed for the general public, the notification added.

It additional said  orders pertaining to private and non-private places of work in AJK, underneath which solely 50% employees shall be allowed within the places of work. The identical is allowed for public transportation, which might solely function on a 50% passenger capability foundation.

Based on information shared on the nationwide coronavirus dashboard, the area reported  143 new instances and 5 deaths on August 2.

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