CHITRAL: The district administration of Lower Chitral has ordered closure of all public and private sector educational institutions as well as tuition centres till May 17 in the wake of the rising Covid-19 cases and in compliance with the instructions of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Islamabad.
However, there is no ban on the arrival of tourists in Chitral, where an influx is expected during Eidul Fitr and the five-day Kalash spring festival of Chilimjusht starting from May 12.
According to an office order issued by the DC office under Section 144, besides the educational institutions Saturdays and Sundays would be closed public holidays/lockdown days except for essential services such as petrol pumps, medical stores, health facilities, vaccination centres, poultry and vegetable shop etc.
Complete ban is imposed on indoor and outdoor dining in hotels and restaurants except takeaway services. Public and private offices will observe working hours from 9am to 2pmn and also follow the 50pc work from home policy.
Moreover, stringent tourism protocol will be followed to curtail mobility/influx of tourists on Eid days and during the annual Kalash spring festival of Chilimjusht starting from May 12.