Fresh Covid curbs in Bengaluru, Mysuru, 6 other districts till April 20 | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: In the wake of Covid-19 cases rising sharply again, the Karnataka government on Friday notified a new set of restrictions to curb the spread of infection. These include suspension of offline classes for higher education and professional courses, closure of gyms and swimming pools, 50% seating in cinema halls in eight districts and restricted seating in pubs and restaurants.
These restrictions in Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Bidar and Dharwad districts will be effective till April 20. The state reported 4,991 positive cases on Friday, the highest single-day spike during the second wave, and a positivity rate (number of persons turning positive for 100 tests) of 4.19%. Bengaluru saw its daily Covid count cross the 3,500 mark with a positivity rate of 5.41%.

While recommending that private sector employees continue working from home, the government said the number of persons in public transport should not exceed the seating capacity. It also ordered apartment complexes to close common facilities such as gyms, party halls, swimming pools and club houses.
50% cap on seating capacity in theatres
The notification states: “There has been a persistent rise in the number of Covid cases in the last month and not following Covid-appropriate behaviour may cause a setback in gains made by the state in cutting off the chain of Covid-transmission. As more youngsters (in the age group of 10-19 years) are turning positive and the possible source of infection could be their educational institutes, the government suspended offline classes for all except classes 10, 11 and 12. Classes for those in colleges and other professional courses, except those due for board/university examinations, stand suspended.”
The notification also put a 50% cap on seating capacity in cinema halls. This has miffed the Kannada film industry with top star Puneeth Rajkumar appealing to the government to reconsider the decision. As for customers in pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants, their number should not exceed 50% of the capacity. The order also prohibits rallies and dharnas.
Dr Giridhara Babu, member, Technical Advisory Committee, said: “The main objective behind imposing these restrictions is to avoid super-spreader events as we have seen that the infection is likely to spread faster in closed and overcrowded spaces. If we control this for two weeks, the number of cases can be reduced. We appeal to the people to cooperate.”

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