As per the new lockdown guidelines issued by the Karnataka government, the 24th of May will be the first Sunday Curfew. The Karnataka government had announced that every Sunday will be a complete lockdown until the 31st of May.
After a week of relaxed lockdown where people living in places other than containment zones were allowed to move around the city, Sunday will see a complete lockdown in the city. Most of the services which were available in the week will be shut for the day. The complete curfew began at 7 pm on Saturday and will go on till 7 am on Monday.
Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao spoke to a media house and confirmed that most of the services including the alcohol MRP stores and clothing outlets will remain shut on Sunday. However, essential services like pharmacies, grocery stores, and hospitals will remain open. Restaurants will only be allowed to offer takeaways or deliveries. Delivery services like Swiggy, Dunzo, and Zomato will be allowed to operate in the city. If not for emergencies, Taxis and autos are not allowed to be on the streets. He said,
“It is advisable not to go out to buy anything unless absolutely necessary. People must avoid going out to buy groceries unless it is absolutely necessary.”
Marriages with permission are allowed
Private vehicles are also not allowed to be on the streets. If it’s not for an emergency reason and the vehicle is caught by the police personnel, it is a punishable offense. However, those who have secured permissions to attend marriages and other ceremonies will be allowed to move. Migrant workers who are traveling to other states will not be questioned.
Violation of any norms on Sunday will be a bookable offense under the Indian Penal Code sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005. While the curfew lasts only for two Sundays i.e. 24th and 31st, the state government is yet to issue the guidelines for the next period of the fight against COVID-19. Karnataka has had a busy week as the numbers soared drastically. The number of positive cases in the state stands in 1959 with 42 deaths and 608 recoveries. Mandya is currently the worst affected district with 211 active cases, more than the tally of Bengaluru i.e. 127 active cases.
Source: The News Minute