Karnataka govt eases COVID restrictions, weekend curfew lifted; know what's allowed and timings
These relaxations will be in effect from July 5 to July 19, he said. While the night curfew will continue on weekdays between 9 pm and 5 am, the weekend curfew has been lifted.
The BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government further relaxed the Covid-19-related restrictions on Saturday (July 3) allowing certain activities, including re-opening of religious places and conducting of weddings.
The night curfew will, however, continue to be in place from 9 pm to 5 am across the state, a government order said. Deputy Commissioners of the districts based on their assessment of the situation and after consultation with the district-in-charge Minister may impose additional containment measures.
Public transport, including metro, will begin operations with full seating capacity, malls will reopen and offices will be allowed to function at full working strength from Monday.
Relaxing the existing restrictions imposed on weddings and other family functions, the government has allowed up to 100 guests for these events. There was a limit of 40 guests until now. For cremation, up to 20 people can gather, Yediyurappa said.
However, theatres, cinema halls and pubs will remain closed. All education institutions will remain closed too, until further directions. "We will hold a separate meeting to discuss this issue," Yediyurappa said.
During the hours of the night curfew, only essential services will be allowed and the movement of individuals will continue to be restricted.
The government has also allowed places of worship to open from Monday. "Temples will be open only for Darshan. No other special Seva will be permitted," he said. Sports complexes, stadia and swimming pools will be open only for training purposes.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant on Saturday said that the action will be taken against individuals or establishments for violating lockdown guidelines.
“After the second wave, people are behaving more responsibly. The state government is easing relaxations to ensure normalcy. We will be strictly enforcing covid protocols. Violation will lead to action against individuals or establishments,” Kamal Pant told news agency ANI.
The government will review all the relaxations after a fortnight. If the public does not cooperate and if Covid precautions are not followed in public places, the government will roll back the relaxations and impose restrictions again, Yediyurappa said.
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