Karnataka lockdown guidelines: Karnataka allows gyms to run with 50% capacity | Bengaluru News – Times of India


The revised government order says the equipment at gyms shall be sanitised after every use.

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government on Sunday relaxed norms for gym operators allowing them to function with 50% occupancy, only two days after all gyms were ordered closed in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases.
“A number of representations were received by the chief minister to relax the restriction with certain conditions… It is now decided that gyms will be allowed to remain open with the condition that the occupancy at any time cannot exceed 50% of the capacity,” the Sunday order issued by chief secretary P Ravi Kumar reads.
It adds that gyms are mandated to ensure strict Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Gyms violating norms will have to be closed till Covid is over: Min
The government has asked gyms to follow Covid-19 safety rules such as wearing of masks, physical distancing, and provision of hand sanitiser are enforced.
“The equipment shall be sanitised after every use. If there is any violation, the gym shall be closed till the Covid pandemic is over,” the order read.
Earlier in the day, health minister K Sudhakar told reporters: “The health department and technical advisory committee’s recommendations have been submitted to the chief minister. If we do not act based on this, we will face a huge problem in the coming days. We cannot take decisions to please a handful of people since the issue affects all 6.5 crore people of the state. So it is important to introduce curbs and also ensure that they are enforced.”
Pointing out that some people are criticising him for pushing (for containment measures), he said his first responsibility as health minister is to safeguard the health of the people.
The government, he said, is faced with a difficult challenge of finding a balance between health and livelihood. “Keeping this in mind, the CM has given some concessions to some people, and I do not have any comments on that. As CM, he is thinking of both health and livelihood; as health minister, I’ve done my duty of informing the CM of the situation,” he said.
Urging people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, he said that just as they do not jump a traffic signal because it attracts punishment, they need to start wearing the masks.
On relaxing the curbs on movie theatres within hours of the first order, on Saturday, he said: “As a health minister, I have to work within my limitations, the government is a big system. The CM has to balance both health and livelihood, there’s a lot of pressure on him. Even I have pressure. Schools are complaining, fans of certain actors have approached me, gym operators say they will get affected badly, and so on.”
“I am not finding fault with what all these people are saying. But the first responsibility of the government is to save people and in this context the health department plays a key role. It becomes our duty to keep the CM informed about the analysis and recommendations made by the TAC. And to that extent, I am doing my job. Some may not like what I am doing; let them say what they want, but as per my conscience, I will continue to keep my chief minister informed,” he said.

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