Karnataka Lockdown News: Semi-lockdown in Karnataka; theatres, malls and pubs can operate at 50% capacity | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The announcement came after a three-hour meeting with the state’s technical advisory committee, which suggested additional measures to contain the spread of the virus. The committee advised focused implementation of the five-fold strategy of test, track, treat, vaccination and adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Ashoka said the weekend curfew will come into effect at 10pm Friday and end at 5am Monday. While theatres, malls, pubs and bars will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity with entry restricted to fully vaccinated persons, gatherings at public places will be barred. “Cinema malls, multiplexes, theaters and auditoria and similar places can operate at 50% of its seating capacity,” it added.
Weddings will be permitted with not more than 200 people participating in open spaces and 100 people in closed places. Religious places will be allowed only for ‘darshan’, with 50 fully vaccinated persons permitted at any given time.
“There shall be intensive surveillance along the border of Kerala and Maharashtra as per the prevailing circular/guidelines issued by department of health and family welfare, government of Karnataka. The same guidelines are extended to Goa. The checks will be conducted on all modes of transport,” the order said. “The district authorities will be asked to issue prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC and ensure strict compliance during weekends,” Ashoka said. He said the proposed paadayatra by the Congress will not be allowed. “This rule is applicable to all political parties,” he added.
Health minister K Sudhakar said, “The Omicron variant is behind the surge in the city as 149 cases have already been recorded in the state. More restrictions will be implemented if the bed occupancy rate goes up.”

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