Karnataka: Only fully vaccinated allowed to enter cinema halls, malls, theatres

Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Friday announced that only those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to public places such as cinema halls, malls and theatres.

The parents of school going children who attend physical classes, including teachers, principals and other staff need to be fully vaccinated before they enter schools premises, the minister said.

After meeting with Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Ashoka said, “Entry into cinema halls, malls and theatres will only be allowed if a person has taken both doses of the vaccine.”

The minister spoke about several clusters that have been reported in schools and colleges in Karnataka recently. “No cultural gatherings or events will be held in schools and colleges in view of the cases that are being reported.”

These measures have been announced after two people from Karnataka tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which is regarded highly contagious and capable of undergoing frequent mutations, has now made its way to India. The patients infected are men, one 66-year-old South-African national and other 46-year-old doctor with mild symptoms. The doctor from Bengaluru had five contacts, who have turned out to be Covid positive.

The Minister also added that several precautionary measures were being taken in view of the Omicron cases being detected in the state.

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