BENGALURU: People bracing for the weekend curfew across Karnataka had been in for a impolite shock on Thursday as police groups went round markets in the afternoon, getting all non-essential commercial activities to close down.
The transfer adopted a choice by the Karnataka authorities to strictly impose a partial lockdown on weekdays and a whole lockdown on the weekends until May 4 in a determined bid to curtail the quickly spiralling chain of Covid-19 infections.
“We have decided to strictly impose partial restrictions on non-essential services and establishments on weekdays and complete restrictions on weekends,” Karnataka chief secretary P Ravi Kumar advised TOI later.
While tips issued on April 20 appeared to counsel that it could be enterprise as common on weekdays, a revised set of tips dated April 21 mandated stringent curbs. The implementation of the brand new tips started across the state on Thursday afternoon, taking folks abruptly.
Shops had been pressured to down shutters in markets across the state, triggering panic shopping for whilst rumours of a complete lockdown started doing the rounds.
Hours after testing adverse for Covid-19 and being discharged from hospital, chief minister BS Yediyurappa convened an pressing videoconference assembly of his council of ministers and officers to debate the implementation of restrictions. The CM had earlier urged folks to remain indoors and cooperate with the administration, saying, “many people are dying on the streets. Two to three members in a family have succumbed to Covid. The situation is indeed bad.”
As half of the “partial restrictions”, retailers and institutions promoting non-essential commodities, multiplexes, retailers, malls, theatres, water parks and golf equipment have been shut on weekdays. Religious locations have additionally been closed, though monks connected to them have been allowed to hold out rituals.
Afternoon swoop: Police groups get many merchants to down shutters
Public transport, together with buses, autos and taxis, can function at 50% of their seating capability solely on weekdays. Private autos are additionally allowed. “On weekends, buses including BMTC and KSRTC, autos and taxis will not be allowed to operate. Private vehicles will be allowed only for emergencies,” a senior official clarified.
Restaurants have been permitted solely takeaway providers on weekdays and homedelivery on weekends. Standalone liquor vends can do solely takeaways and solely on weekdays.
Private places of work in important sectors, together with banking, insurance coverage, prescribed drugs, water and energy provide, are allowed to function from places of work, whereas authorities places of work coping with the pandemic will function at full capability.
Revenue minister R Ashoka mentioned Rs 571 crore is being launched to district administrations, together with BBMP, for pandemic administration.
Even as the federal government spelled out the measures, police groups swung into motion in the afternoon, getting merchants in all market areas to down shutters. Shopkeepers argued in useless that the curfew had been introduced solely at evening and on weekends.
The police motion started in tandem in commercial hubs like City Market, Shivajinagar, Majestic, Commercial Street, SP Road, Avenue Road, meals avenue in VV Puram, Gandhibazaar and Jayanagar IV block.
Police sources mentioned the clampdown got here after the CM, on his drive again dwelling from hospital, took notice of lax Covid compliance and commercial activities happening unhindered.
Police chief Kamal Pant mentioned not all commercial institutions had been requested to close store. “We are implementing the government’s latest notification on curfew. Certain shops and trade activities have been listed under ‘rohibited activities columns’ and we are closing them. Supply of essentials will remain intact. Eateries and wine shops are allowed parcel business,” he mentioned.
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