Karnataka ready to reopen malls, hotels & theatres after May 31 | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government is in favour of opening up all activities — malls, hotels, restaurants and cinema halls — after May 31 when the lockdown 4.0 is slated to end, provided the Centre gives a green signal.

Giving an indication to this effect on Wednesday, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa told reporters here: “I’ve written to the Centre seeking permission to open hotels, restaurants and malls. I’m awaiting their reply. I am hopeful that we will get permission.”
He said with the movement of people from one place to another having started in a big way, there is a need for opening hotels and lodges to enable them have food and accommodation. “I have explained the same in the letter. Ultimately, the Centre will take a call,” he added.
60% outlets on Brigade Road open shutters


While malls await government nod, standalone stores, such as Lifestyle and Shoppers Stop, have already reopened in Bengaluru, marking the resumption of business. On Brigade Road, nearly 60% of the outlets, including Levi’s and OnePlus, have restarted operations.
“About 45 of 125 stores on Brigade Road are inside two malls, so they are ruled out. Of the remaining 80 stores, nearly 90% have reopened,” said Suhail Yusuf, secretary of Brigades Shops and Establishments Association.
Hotels and restaurants have started preparations to resume business from Monday. “The government has assured us we will get permission to open from Monday. We hope the Centre will also give the nod,” said B Chandrashekhar Hebbar, president, Karnataka Pradesh Hotels & Restaurants Association.

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