On the COVID-19 Outbreak


a)    All markets, shopping malls, restaurants offices, (public and private) shall remain closed.

b)    There shall be a complete ban on intra-city, inter-district and inter-province movement of people by public transport.

c)    There shall also be a complete ban on gatherings of all kinds of social, religious, or any other purpose at any place, public or private.

d)    The following shall be exempted from this order: 

1.    Officials of government departments on duty duly notified by respective departments.

2.    Personnel related to health Services including Hospitals, Clinics, Laboratories, pharmaceutical factories and Medical stores.

3.    Personnel related to Law Enforcement Agencies.

4.    Personnel related to Essential Services/Offices going to perform their duties or providing essential services as declared in the later part of this order.

5.    Persons in need of medical care with two attendants where necessary.

6.    Persons going to buy grocery and medicines within the vicinity of their residence.

7.    Necessary/unavoidable religious rites like the last rites, Namiaz-e-Janaza (funeral), burial and related events.

8.    Utility Companies: WASAs, Municipalities, WAPDA, NTDC, DISCOs and SNGPL.

9.    Public and private telecom/cellular companies, their franchises and their customer support center with no public dealing allowed.

10. Call centers with 50% staff and no public dealing allowed.

11. Banks with only essential staff.

12. Defence related manufacturing industries and packing facilities.

13. Food item manufacturing industries and distribution offices.

14. Health & related services i.e. hospitals, medical stores, laboratories, manufacturers.

15. Grocery stores, General, Karyana stores, bakeries, atta chakkis, milk shops, chicken & meat/fish shops, fruit & vegetable shops and all kinds of mandis including grain, fruit, cattle and vegetable, tandoors, auto workshops, petrol pumps and oil depot.

16. Takeaway/home delivery from restaurants.

17. Dry port operations and custom services.

18. Poultry and feed mills.

19. Seeds, fertilizers and pesticides shops.

20. Welfare Organizations e.g. Edhi & Seylani providing essential services and free Darterkhwan.

21. Media persons authorized by information department, newspapers hawkers.

22. Any exemption that may be deemed necessary by Commissioner.

Following conditions will apply to the persons/establishments given exemption: 

a)    One person may travel in a private vehicle. In case of medical emergency two attendants may accompany the patient.

b)    Two person per family may go out to buy essential medicines, grocery, etc. Handicapped person may be assisted by two persons along with a driver.

c)    Persons on vehicles transporting essential food items, medicines, medical equipment from godowns, farms, mills or factories may be assisted by two helpers or cleaners during the transportation.

d)    All persons travelling as exempted must carry CNIC and official card.

e)    All personnel of the exempted departments must travel and work keeping in view social distance.

f)      Large department stores will only keep their grocery/pharmacy section while all other sections will remain closed. They will allow customers to enter stores in smaller groups while fulfilling the condition of social distancing. SOP shall be devised in consultation with district administration and policy.

g)    All departmental stores will ensure that their grocery trollies and public areas are disinfected.

This order shall remain in force in the entire province of Punjab with effect from 09:00 am, Tuesday, 24-03-2020 till 09:00 am, Tuesday 07-04-2020 unless modified.

The Philippine Embassy in Pakistan reminds all Filipinos to keep updated with pronouncements and guidelines from their respective Local Government and the Central Government.

You can get pertinent information on procedures and requirements, as well as download the forms for each type of service you require.  If your particular query is not covered in this section, please feel free to write us at islamabad.pe@dfa.gov.ph or isdpe@isb.comsats.net.pk for general questions.  For specific questions on any of the services please go to our Contact Us page for particulars to that Department.

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