New Delhi: The Karnataka government, led by BS Yediyurappa, extended COVID-19 restrictions in Bengaluru until June 21 under section 144, which prohibits gatherings of more than four people in public places. The news comes a day after traffic jams returned to the IT capital city as the lockdown in 19 districts was lifted after more than a month.
“Section 144 CrPC (prohibiting gatherings of more than four people in public places, except for exempt purposes) will remain in effect until midnight on June 21st. Exempt are bus stops, railway stations, and airports, according to a circular issued by the Bengaluru City Police Commissioner and Additional District Magistrate.
The government issued new guidelines last week that extended the COVID-induced lockdown measures in 11 districts with a high positivity rate until June 21, while some relaxations were announced in the rest of the state beginning June 14. Chikmagalur, Shivamogga, Davangere, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi, and Kodagu are the eleven districts where strict lockdown measures have been maintained.
After June 14, the COVID curfew (daily) will be imposed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., and the weekend curfew will be imposed from 7 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday.
Lockdown measures will be relaxed from 6 a.m. on June 14 to 6 a.m. on June 21.
Among the relaxations announced by the government in the state’s remaining 19 districts are the opening of parks and industrial units with riders, the extension of the duration of shops selling essential goods, and the permission for autos and taxis to carry a maximum of two passengers, among other things.