Soon after the Minister of Planning Asad Umar announced back in August that restaurants would be open for business starting August 10, 2020, directives were issued for a ban on indoor dining. With COVID-19 cases waning people hoped that the ban would be lifted. However, it has now been further extended.
With spring coming in and summer soon afterward, outdoor dining might not be feasible as the heat cranks up. Till then we’ll continue to appreciate the outdoors as the ban on indoor dining has been extended till February 28, 2021, as reported by DIVA Magazine.
So you’ll all be seated outside for whatever Valentine’s Day plans you had in mind.
Ban on Indoor Dining
With the onset of Phase II of the Coronavirus pandemic, provincial governments in Sindh and Punjab enforced a complete ban on indoor dining. Although eateries were kept open to try and get the economy back on track strict SOPs were imposed.
Restaurants were only allowed to serve food in an open outdoor setting or remain limited to takeaway in open areas. Additionally, curfew hours did not apply to eateries, and the Sindh government even revised timings for restaurants.
A recent notification by the Sindh government directed outdoor dining to continue until 10:00 p.m. and takeaway till 1:00 a.m. The notification said the modified timings would remain effective till January 31, 2021.