Karnataka Government has decided to lift weekend curfew from this week but night curfew will remain in action.
Technical Advisory Committee of state has said that Covid cases are increasing but the hospitalization rates have significantly declined. Due to which state has decided to lift weekend curfew.
Covid review meeting held today and it was chaired by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. Revenue Minister R Ashoka said, “The weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday is being lifted. This decision has been taken based on the experts’ report and subject to conditions. Now, the rate of hospitalization is about 5 per cent. In case it increases, we will re-impose it.”
He has urged the public to follow Covid protocols strictly so that the government does not gets compelled to impose it again.
He further added, “There has been demand from people, various organizations and political leaders from across party lines to lift weekend curfew, but we have taken this decision based on experts’ reports. However, the night curfew between 10 pm to 5 am every day will continue, along with a 50 per cent occupancy rule among others.”
The restrictions on protests, rallies, fairs and events will continue, the Minister further said.
Gyms, theatres and malls are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
Karnataka State Minister said, “Since positivity rate is more in Bengaluru (state capital), schools and colleges will continue to be shut.”
Karnataka on Thursday reported 47,754 cases of COVID-19, the most cases by any state, and 29 deaths.