U-turn in 24 hours: BS Yediyurappa government scraps night curfew order | Bengaluru News – Times of India
“After receiving feedback from the public that a night curfew is not needed and after discussing the decision with cabinet colleagues and senior officials, it was decided to withdraw the order. The public should prevent the spread of the virus by self-imposing regulations, wearing masks, maintaining distance, avoiding unnecessary travel and maintaining strict adherence to government-imposed Covid-19 control rules,” a statement from the CMO on Thursday evening said. The ban on public New Year revelry — including special events in hotels, bars and pubs — remains.
The government had announced a week-long night curfew on Wednesday after dismissing any such talk just the day before.
Govt found it difficult to defend another night curfew
At least on four occasions since Tuesday, the CM gave statements going back on his earlier statement, in an indication of the confusion within the administration on the subject, and flip-flops by the political executive.
On Wednesday, Yediyurappa announced a night curfew from 10pm to 6am and, within hours, relaxed it by cutting an hour each at night and in the morning. The government also issued a notification highlighting the SOPs for implementing night curfew. He justified the curbs, saying it was based on an opinion from the Covid-19 technical advisory committee as well as the Centre in light of a new variant of Sars-CoV-2 virus surfacing in the UK.
The government has been avoiding any new curbs in order to put business activities back on track. It also found it difficult to defend a night curfew now as the Covid-19 caseload has been falling for two weeks, and Bengaluru reported just about 640 fresh Covid cases on Thursday.
The CM had said the curfew is in tune with the Centre’s advisory while the latter had not stated anything on night curfew. In fact, health experts warned authorities against overreacting to cases detected in the UK, while counselling the public to stick to the Covid norms in the run-up to the New Year celebrations. Karnataka’s knee-jerk reaction followed similar measures in Maharashtra, Punjab, Manipur, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
Officials rushed to the CM’s home office soon after the announcement and explained implications of the harsh measure on economic activity.