Karnataka to Impose Total Lockdown Starting July 5, only essential services are allowed – The Karnataka government announced that total lockdown will be imposed across the state on all Sundays starting July 5 in an effort to arrest the growing spread of the coronavirus infection. No activities will be permitted on these days except essential services and supplies, said a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.
Among the other decisions taken at the meeting were a five-day working week for government offices, which will remain closed on all Saturdays with effect from July 10.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday had ruled out the possibility of another lockdown, saying the government was not in favour of it everywhere as reviving the economy was equally important. No changes in the existing scenario will take place until July 4 due to the SSLC exams in the state.
Yahoo News has reported that the latest lockdown decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, which was attended by Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Revenue Minister R Ashok, Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner BH Anil Kumar, among others.
The existing timing of night curfew, from 9 pm to 5 am, has also been altered to 8 pm to 5 am with effect from June 29.
Yediyurappa also directed the officials to take necessary steps to reserve marriage halls, hostels and other institutions in Bengaluru for Covid care centres and to avail of railway coaches with beds.
The BBMP Commissioner has ordered setting up more wholesale vegetable markets to avoid crowds in large markets in the state capital. The official was directed to notify the reservation of 50% of beds in medical colleges and private hospitals and to notify tying up of hotels with hospitals to avoid any shortage of beds for treatment.