Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Saturday eased the norm of curfew on Sundays while retaining the order of lockdown from 7 pm to 7 am in view of coronavirus. 

In the beginning of the fourth phase of lockdown from May 19, the state government had ordered that total lockdown would be enforced throughout the day on Sundays to contain COVID-19 in the state. 

A communiqué from the chief minister’s office said that this decision was taken following “demand by the public”.

All BMTC and KSRTC buses, private vehicle movements would be allowed. Shops and establishments, markets would be allowed to open as usual like on other days till 7 pm.

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Around 3,500 buses are expected to run on Sunday, said officials of Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC).

Last Sunday, a day prior to Eid-ul-Fitr, it was implemented across the state. In the state capital, the curfew was imposed from Saturday evening itself. 

In his order, chief secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar said there would not be complete lockdown on Sundays from 7 am to 7 pm following public request. However, the lockdown during nights will continue, he said in the order.