Today, the Karnataka government will lift the weekend curfew. However, the night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am Daily will continue including all other COVID-19 restrictions such as 50 percent capacity rules in cinema halls, restaurants, clubs, pubs, bars, hotels, and eating places.
This decision comes after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a conference with experts, senior Ministers, and officers of his government to estimate the COVID-19 situation in the state and restrictions that were put in place to control its spread.
Revenue Minister R Ashoka said“The weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday is being lifted. This decision has been taken based on the experts’ report and it is subject to conditions. Now the rate of hospitalization is about 5 percent, in case it increases we will re-impose a weekend curfew.
He also requested to people follow COVID guidelines and precautionary measures.
Explaining the reason for continuing the night curfew, he said that there is a need to restrict night activities like partying as coronavirus is still around.
Marriage functions are permitted to be conducted involving not more than 200 people in open spaces and 100 people in closed places.
Bars, clubs, pubs, restaurants, hotels, eating places in hotels, multiplexes, cinema halls, theaters, auditoriums, and similar places must operate with 50 percent of its seating capacity. Entry to such places will be restricted to fully vaccinated persons.
The Chief Commissioner BBMP (Bengaluru civic body) and Deputy Commissioners of the Districts may put additional limitation measures as considered necessary in their jurisdictions based on their estimation of the situation.
The government was under tremendous pressure from people, businesses, political leaders, and organizations across party lines as well as the ruling BJP, to finish the weekend curfew.