PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has declared coronavirus vaccination mandatory for participation in wedding ceremonies and dining in restaurants.
According to a handout issued by the KP Home and Tribal Affairs Department, Special Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs Mohammad Asif held a meeting with the representatives of Restaurants and Wedding Halls Owners Association on Sunday for implementation of the new directives.
The meeting reviewed coronavirus situation in KP. The representatives of the Wedding Halls Owners Association briefed the official about their problems and apprehensions. It was agreed that coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) would be observed and only vaccinated persons would be allowed to participate in weddings and for dinner in restaurants.
All the staffers of wedding halls will be vaccinated and they will only serve food to those guests who are vaccinated. The wedding halls and restaurants managements will ensure implementation of SOPs and take part in creating awareness among people about it. The wedding halls and hotels violating the directives will face action.
Meanwhile, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced that corona vaccine certificate was mandatory for all tourists going to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. The NCOC will also set up teams to check the vaccination certificates from the tourists and ensure wearing of facemasks by tourists.
Tourists interested to book hotels in the hilly areas would have to get vaccinated first. The NCOC directed to ensure corona SOPs at bus stations, railways stations, intra-city and inter-city transport, mosques and markets.
In a tweet, the NCOC head Asad Umar said Pakistan has 2 crore 72 lakh people who are 50 years or older.
“This age group is most vulnerable to serious health effects of Covid. So far 56 lakh or 20.6% of these have gotten at least 1 dose of vaccine. Please encourage all in this age group to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” he said.
The NCOC also directed the concerned departments to implement SOPs and take stern action against violators.