Karnataka Lockdown News: Karnataka to seek more relaxations from PM | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Notwithstanding the spike in its Covid 19 cases, Karnataka will bat for further relaxations and seek the Centre’s permission to open up more economic activity. If granted the nod, it plans to resume operations of Namma Metro, theatres, gyms, swimming pools, bars and restaurants and pubs.
Ahead of the 6th Centre-states interaction through video conferencing scheduled for Wednesday, chief minister BS Yediyurappa said he will seek from Prime Minister Narendra Modi leeway from lockdown guidelines. “I will ask for more relaxations as we have no plans to reimpose the lockdown,” he added.
Modi On Tuesday launched the two-day video interaction with CMs to take stock of the Covid-19 situation. Unlike other states, Karnataka has unlocked partially since June 7 to revive economic activity in non-containment areas as it has been able to limit the pandemic’s spread.
Claiming that Covid-19 situation is under control despite the recent spike, Yediyurappa said cases were rising because of returnees from other states, especially Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. Medical education minister K Sudhakar said they will specifically seek the PM’s permission to restart Metro service in Bengaluru.
On Tuesday, representatives from liquor associations appealed to the government to allow reopening of bars and restaurants, pubs and clubs.
While quoting guidelines issued by the Union ministry of home affairs for Unlock 1.0, official sources said the Centre is expected to allow opening of educational institutions in Unlock 2.0, which begins in July, but is unlikely to grant nod for reopening of theatres, gyms, swimming pools, pubs and Metro service, which may be allowed only under Unlock 3.0.
Though the Centre may allow Karnataka to open educational institutions, the state doesn’t seem to be keen due to pressure from parents and teachers to delay the reopening till August.

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