Bengaluru: Lockdown measures in 11 districts of Karnataka will continue to be in place till June 21 as the districts have recorded a high positivity rate. However, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Thursday that the rest of the regions may see some relaxations from June 14.
Speaking to reporters after meeting with senior Ministers and officials, the CM said “Current restrictions will continue in all eleven districts with high positivity rate till 6 AM on June 21, in the rest of the districts some of the restrictions have been relaxed. However, concerned Deputy Commissioners and District in-charge Ministers can take a call to impose more restrictions in their districts.” He added that the decision was taken based on suggestions made by experts in the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee.
The districts with no changes in the lockdown measures include- Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Davangere, Mysuru, Chamarajanagara, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi and Kodagu.
COVID curfew will be imposed from 7 PM to 5 AM and weekend curfew will be imposed from 7 PM on Friday to 5 AM on Monday, after the current lockdown in the state comes to end on June 14. The relaxation in lockdown measures will be in place from 6 AM on June 14 to 6 AM on June 21.
Responding to a question on public transport buses and the functioning of government officers, he said, for now, buses are not permitted to operate, while important departments of the government can operate with 50 per cent staff.
Noting that restrictions are being relaxed in the rest of the state other than 11 districts, the Chief Minister also informed that all industries have been permitted to operate with 50 per cent staff strength, but garment industries can operate with 30 per cent staff strength.
Shops selling essential goods have been permitted to operate till 2 PM by extending their duration from 10 AM earlier; also all construction activities will be permitted, and shops needed for construction activities like cement, steel among others have also been allowed to open, he said. Parks will be opened from 5 AM to 10 AM for walkers, street vendors can do their business from 6 AM to 2 PM, and auto and taxis are allowed to ply with a maximum of two passengers, he added.
“If the situation comes under control as per expectations it will help the government to announce further relaxations,” Yediyurappa said as he sought the cooperation of everyone in this regard.
Hotels and restaurants will continue parcel (takeaway) service and bars will be open for takeaways till 2 PM.
The Karnataka government had initially announced a 14-day ‘close-down’ from April 27 but subsequently imposed a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 24, as the COVID cases continued to spike.
(with inputs from PTI)