On Monday, the Karnataka government under the leadership of BS Yediyurappa came up with fresh guidelines as a part of the exit plan for the COVID-19 crisis in the state. The announcement came after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs announced the extension of lockdown up to 31st of May.
Karnataka government has come up with several relaxations in the state that is aimed at resuming economic activities in the non-vulnerable zones of the city. Despite the states recording the highest number of cases in the day, the government is moving ahead with its exit plan.
Lockdown 4.0 Guidelines:
From allowing buses and other road transport to a special Sunday curfew, here are the important things you need to know.
- The state government has allowed city bus services in the states except in red zones and containment areas. This includes private buses also. However, only 30 people are allowed to travel on the buses i.e. 50 percent capacity. Wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing compulsory.
- In a big relief, autos and taxis have also been given the go-ahead to operate on roads with certain restrictions. In both autos, there should be only three persons including the driver. In maxi-cabs, a maximum of four passengers including the driver will be allowed.
- On Sunday, there will be a total curfew. No shops will be open on Sunday except hotels who will be allowed to give takeaways. No public transport or private transport on Sunday. However, essential services will continue as usual.
- As per the MHA guidelines, hotels and restaurants and gymnasium to be remained closed until further notice.
On Sunday, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs announced the extension of the nationwide lockdown up to 31st of May with some relaxations. Although, the majority of the restriction of the third phase is supposed to continue in the fourth phase. However, the central government has reportedly given a free hand to the state government to decide the lockdown guidelines of their respective states.
While Maharashtra, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu announced the extension before the announcement of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Karnataka had announced a two-day extension. The government said it would come with fresh guidelines.