The Government of Punjab, after approval from the Chief Minister, has ordered “restricted movement” in some areas of Punjab to combat smog. 

The areas of Lahore Division (District Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Kasur), District Gujranwala, District Hafizabad, and District Narowal, have the worst Air Quality Index (AQI), becoming potential hotspots for Conjunctivitis, and will go under lockdown.

From Thursday to Sunday i.e., November 9, 2023, to November 12, 2023, all markets, shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas, gymnasiums, schools


(public and private), and offices (public and private) will remain closed in these areas.

Also, movement of people will be limited to and from these areas by public and private transport.

The following will be exempted from closure:

•           Pharmacies/ Medical Stores

•           Medical Facilities and Vaccination Centers

•           Petrol Pumps

•           Oil Depots

•           Tandoors

•           Bakeries,

•           Grocery / Karyana stores

•           Milk / Dairy Shops

•           Sweet Shops,

•           Vegetable / Fruit Shops

•           Chicken / Meat Shops

•           E-commerce 

•           Postal / Courier Services

•           Utility Services (Electricity, Natural Gas, Internet, Cellular Networks /Telecom.

Large departmental stores will only keep their grocery /pharmacy sections open while all other sections will remain closed.

It has been suggested by the government that people buy groceries and medicines within the vicinity of their residence.