The Karnataka government is going to impose a complete lockdown due to surge in COVID-19 cases in the Silicon Valley City of India, Bengaluru. In a tweet, Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa stated that there would be complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts. The lockdown will be from 8 pm on Tuesday, July 14 to 5 am on Wednesday, July 22 2020.
The decision mentioned above is to curb the rising coronavirus cases in the city of Bengaluru. The government had initially discarded all rumours regarding another lockdown phase in the city beyond the Sunday lockdown which started from July 5. However, a steep rise in COVID-19 cases over the last couple of days forced the authorities to take the necessary precautions.
Karnataka Govt. releases lockdown guidelines
Official guidelines have been released by the government that will apply to everyone living in Bengaluru during the lockdown period.
- All government and private offices will remain shut during the lockdown. Although, offices and organizations coming under the essential services category will be exempted from these restrictions. Essential services employees can use their ID cards and move within the city. Companies have also been encouraged to promote work from home during this public health crisis.
- Stores selling essential items such as poultry, milk, groceries and vegetables will be allowed to operate between 5 am- 12 noon. Companies manufacturing medicines, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and food processing units also have the permission to function. This list also includes Special economic zones (SEZ’s) or outside Municipal Limits and Export-oriented Units (EoU).
- All forms of public transport including KSRTC, BMTC buses or private passenger vehicles, will not be given a freeway.
- Inter and Intrastate travel via private or passenger vehicles will only be allowed if there is an emergency. People will have to apply for an E-pass for emergencies through the Seva Sindhu portal. Students giving undertaking any exams can travel to their respective exam centres using hall tickets.
- Restaurants, Café’s and hotels will be allowed to cater to takeaways and home delivery services. Cinema halls, schools, gymnasiums, sports complexes, bars to remain shut. Religious places of worship to be closed for any public congregations.
- No new flights or trains will be allowed to operate. However, scheduled flights and trains do not come under these restrictions. Valid tickets belonging to any one of these modes of transport will serve as a travel pass in Bengaluru.
Bengaluru witnesses steep increase in COVID-19 cases
According to reports, Bengaluru recorded more than 1000 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its overall COVID-19 number to more than 18,000 cases. In addition to this, the state of Karnataka recorded more than 2,500 cases, pushing the total to more than 41,000. However, the state government is yet to acknowledge the possibility of community transmission even though the source in a few cases remains untraceable.
Please follow all guidelines, cooperate with the government, take all precautionary steps and help India flatten the curve amidst this public health crisis.
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Curated by Ruchit Rastogi