LAHORE – Merchants have demanded for consumer shopping hours to be increased between the hours of 2PM and 10PM till Eid-ul-Fitr.

Due to the lockdown enacted by the government, many businesses are required to shut their stores by 6PM. Many storekeepers have expressed their concerns over this decision, making it difficult for them to meet the expenses. As such, they have demanded the extension of business hours from 2PM to 10PM for fear that they may have to close their businesses otherwise.

Contrarily, National Command Operation Center (NCOC) head Asad Umar has warned of a complete lockdown in major cities should the coronavirus cases rise and the death toll increases.