Bengaluru: An 11-day ‘corona curfew’ will be imposed in some districts of the state, including the capital, from Saturday night to prevent the spread of the corona virus in Karnataka and only people, patients and passengers connected with essential services will be allowed to travel.
The state government has announced a night curfew in the cities of Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburgi, Bidar, Tumkuru and Udupi-Manipal between 10am and 5pm every day from 10 to 20 April.
The government said that in addition to this, curfew will be applicable in other major cities and district headquarters. The police have made elaborate arrangements to ensure adherence to the rules at night.
In Bengaluru, Commissioner of Police Kamal Pant said that vehicles carrying people, patients and their relatives connected with essential services would be allowed to travel at night.
In addition, home delivery, e-commerce and transportation of essential commodities such as vegetables and food items sold in the morning will be allowed. Pant said, “Travelers coming and going to Bangalore are also allowed to travel. They will have to keep travel documents with them.” Companies working at night can continue to work, but their employees must reach work before 10 o’clock in the night.
Pant said, “We will close the city at night.” When asked about issuing special passes for vehicular traffic, the commissioner said that there is no question of issuing passes.
He warned that those who violate the rules will be booked under the epidemic act. It has been decided to impose curfew in the night due to the alarming increase in the corona virus cases in the state.
On Friday, 7,955 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the state and 46 people died due to infection.