Karnataka lockdown: Allows cinema halls to function, reduces night curfew time

In view of the decline in Covid-19 infections, Karnataka government on Sunday has further relaxed restrictions in the state. The decision on relaxing lockdown norms was taken during a meeting chaired by Chief minister BS Yediyurappa and other senior ministers at his residence today.

The relaxations include opening of cinema halls, theatres, higer educational institutions and reduced the duration of night curfew from July 19.

The state government has allowed cinema hall to re-open with 50% occupancy after adhering to Covid-19 protocols from Monday. The duration of the night curfew has also been reduced by one hour.

The government has said that only those who have taken at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be permitted to attend colleges and universities, starting July 26.

Since April 27, Karnataka government had imposed restrictions and it was made stringent from May 10 as the state’s daily Covid-19 tally exceeded 50,000 cases on May 5, while active cases were over six lakh on May 15.

The lockdown norms in the state were relaxed from June 14, followed by further relaxations on June 21 and again on July 5. The night curfew from 7 pm to 5 pm was further relaxed from July 5 between 9 PM to 5 AM. From Monday, it will be in force from 10 pm to 5 am.

Karnataka has further relaxed the norms after the Covid-19 daily cases came down substantially. On Saturday, the state reported 1,869 fresh infections, 42 deaths and 30,082 active.

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