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Bengaluru lockdown: Shops to be open from 5 am-12 noon; malls, parks to be shut

People with their belongings board a bus to reach their destination after authorities announced one-week lockdown due to surge in Covid-19 cases, in Bengaluru on Monday (ANI)
People with their belongings board a bus to reach their destination after authorities announced one-week lockdown due to surge in Covid-19 cases, in Bengaluru on Monday (ANI)

  • Only flights and trains already scheduled will continue to operate during the lockdown period and the tickets shall serve as passes for movement of the passengers
  • Shops, including ration shops (PDS), groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder to stay open only from 5 am to 12 noon

The Karnataka government has issued a fresh set of guidelines for the week-long lockdown in Bengaluru from 8 pm on 14 July to 5 am on 22 July to tackle the rising coronavirus cases in the city.

Flights, trains already scheduled can operate but no new flights or trains will be permitted during the seven-day total lockdown. Public transport including KSRTC and BMTC services as well as auto, cab and taxi services are also prohibited. Movement of vehicles shall strictly be restricted to essential services.

Taxis, autos to airport, railway stations can function. Tickets to serve as passes for movement of the passengers.

Shops including ration shops (PDS), groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder to stay open only from 5 am to 12 noon.

All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain closed. Hotels and restaurants shall be permitted to operate kitchens for take away or home delivery of food items only. All places of worship shall be closed to the public, and religious congregations are strictly prohibited.

Students appearing for exams can use their admission ticket as a travel pass and use the mode of transport available to them, including taxi/auto rickshaw, etc.

During the lockdown, however, food processing and related industries, banks, insurance offices and ATMs will remain open, except in containment areas.

Government offices will function with 50% staff strength, pharmacies, medical services, unrestricted movement of goods and cargo, outside containment zones, will be allowed to continue.

The state government alowed a large category of industries to remain open, including food processing, manufacturing of essential goods, drugs, Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Export Oriented Units (EoUs).

“Movement of passenger vehicles to and from Bengaluru area only in case of emergency after obtaining valid passes and strictly adhering to the prevailing SOPs/guidelines issued by Department of Health and Family Welfare," the latest guidelines state.

The inter-state and intra-state movement of passenger vehicles is allowed only in cases of emergencies or for permitted activities. "The movement is through registration/obtaining valid pass through Seva Sindhu portal," it said movement of passenger vehicles and buses would be allowed only in emergency cases or for permitted activities.

Those going to work for permitted activities can use their organisation ID cards to commute. Regarding construction activities, it said, continuation of works was allowed in projects, where workers are available on site. All the exceptions in the guidelines are applicable only in areas that are outside the containment zones.

Lockdown won’t be extended in Bengaluru beyond 22 July, said Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday.

"The Chief Minister held COVID task force meeting. There is no proposal before the government to extend the one week long lockdown in Bengaluru urban and rural. The Chief Minister has appealed people to cooperate without worrying and paying heed to rumors," his office said in a tweet.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka breached the 41,000-mark as 2,738 new cases were reported on Monday.

Bengaluru reported a record 47 fatalities and 1,315 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, which takes the death toll in the city to 322 and number of active cases to 15,052 and overall tally to 19,702.

Meanwhile, Dharwad and Dakshina Kannada districts have also announced lockdowns aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19. While Dharwad will be under lockdown for 9 days from July 15, in Dakshina Kannada it will be for a week from Wednesday night. The announcement was made by Dharwad and Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Ministers Jagadish Shettar and Kota Srinivas Poojary respectively, stating that the Chief Minister during a videoconference with district authorities has said respective district administration can take such decisions based on the situation.

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