Covid-19: Karnataka scraps 10pm-5am curfew, keeps strict vigil in border districts | Bengaluru News – Times of India
File photo of night curfew in Bengaluru
BENGALURU: With Karnataka witnessing a constant dip in fresh Covid cases, the government has lifted the 10pm-5am curfew.
With this, the state is free from most of Covid-19 restrictions and the nightlife in Karnataka is set to return after a seven-month gap.
The decision follows recommendations made by the Karnataka Covid-19 technical advisory committee.
Karnataka chief secretary P Ravikumar on Friday issued an order that, however, calls for continued vigilance in the border districts on the movement of people, especially from Kerala. “Only those persons who have taken both doses of the Covid vaccination should be allowed into the state,” the order said.
The government has allowed horse races in the state with strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines.
Only double jabbed allowed
The order asks racecourse managements to allow only those who have been fully vaccinated within the premises. Races were stopped in March 2020 when Covid-19 hit the state. The government imposed night curfew on April 10 to curb the rising Covid cases at the beginning of the second wave. Initially, curfew was in force from 8pm to 6am, but it was gradually eased as fresh Covid cases began todip.
The government came under pressure from hospitality and entertainment sectors as they were hit hard by the measure. “It is a welcome decision as it gives us two additional hours to do business,” said Ramanna, a manager of a bar and restaurant on New BEL Road.