Pak SC bans entry of people ignoring SOPs

The Pakistan Supreme Court has banned entry of people ignoring the government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) including not wearing face masks, bypassing temperature and symptoms checking.

A notification issued by the Supreme Court on Friday and was enforced immediately ordered that face mask should be worn during the entire time any individual was within the court premises, reports Dawn news.

The notification said it had been noticed that the preventive measures for minimising spread of CCOVID-19 were not being fully observed by staff members of the Supreme Court, employees of other offices located in the court building and general public, visitors and litigants.

Therefore, the notification said, the competent authority had taken notice of this trend and ordered that wearing of face mask and getting checked for fever/temperature was mandatory for all persons on entering the premises of the apex court at the principal seat of Islamabad and branch registries at Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta.

On June 1, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed had also taken notice of violation of social distancing in the Supreme Court.

Heading a five-judge bench, the chief justice had asked during a case hearing why the courtroom was jam-packed.