Karnataka eases lockdown rules: Curbs on hotels, gyms, resorts relaxed; what's open, what remains shut
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced new rules for the next phase of the ‘unlocking’ process of Covid-19 restrictions in the state, as cases and positivity rate register a downward trend.
Karnataka government on Saturday announced further relaxations of Covid-19 curbs under its unlock plan where it has allowed certain shops, lodges etc to open for more hours.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that Covid relaxations will be allowed in 16 districts that have less than 5% positivity.
All shops and hotels, clubs, restaurants allowed to operate till 5pm, lodges, resorts, gyms, private offices allowed to operate with 50% capacity in 16 districts that have less than 5% positivity, said Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa.
Meanwhile, the positivity rate of Mysore district remains above 10%, hence existing restrictions will continue. Night curfew will continue from 7 pm to 5 am and weekend curfew from Friday 7 pm to Monday 5 am.
Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Mandya, Koppal, Chikkballapur, Tumkur, Kolar, Bengaluru Urban, Gadag, Raichur, Bagalkote, Kalburgi, Haveri, Ramanagara, Yadgir and Bidar will see relaxations, which include:
· All shops can be open from morning to 5pm
· Dine in allowed at hotels, clubs, restaurants without AC until 5pm with 50% seating
· Bus and metro with 50% seating allowed
· Lodges and resorts can be open with 50% capacity
· Gyms can be open with 50% strength (without AC)
· Swimming pools, places of worship, malls, theatres, AC Shopping complex, pubs to remain shut
Meanwhile, appealing to people to stay home and do yoga on the International Yoga Day on June 21, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Saturday said a Vaccination 'Mela(fair)' will also be organised on that day with a target to inoculate seven lakh people.
"Due to Covid this time, no one should celebrate Yoga Day outdoors or gather in big numbers. Hence, the slogan for Yoga Day this year is - 'Be with Yoga, Be at Home' and 'Yoga for Wellness'," Sudhakar told a press conference.
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