Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon shared the notification on Twitter early on Sunday.
The order stated that all shops, shopping malls, bakeries and confectionaries, offices, storerooms, godowns, warehouses and cattle markets would close at 9pm. Further, the timings of marriage halls, marquees and exhibition halls would be limited to 10:00pm.
Islamabad Administration has implemented closure of business timing regime with in revenue limits of Islamabad. All stake holders are requested to note?? pic.twitter.com/eey9vx20Sl
— Office of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) June 18, 2022
All establishments (commercial or industrial), restaurants, clubs, tandoors, eateries, cafes, cinemas, theatres or other places of public amusement and public parks would close at 11:30pm, it added.
However, hospitals and laboratories, clinics, pharmacies and medical stores, petrol pumps, milk shops and other essential businesses were exempt from following the timings.
The notification, which also detailed the reasons for the move, stated that the order would come into force “with immediate effect” and would remain in place for two months.
The DC noted that the electricity demand had increased as a result of the current hot weather the country was experiencing which was subjecting critical infrastructure to extended loadshedding.
The notification stated that it was “necessary to enforce certain restrictions on non-essential businesses so that this prevalent emergency of the energy shortfall may be controlled in Islamabad Capital Territory”.