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Karnataka lifts weekend restrictions, night curfew to continue

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a meeting with experts, senior ministers and officials of his government to assess the COVID-19 situation in the state and curbs that were in place to control its spread.

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Bengaluru Updated on: January 21, 2022 16:43 IST
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Karnataka lifts weekend restrictions, night curfew to continue

Highlights

  • Karnataka government lifted ongoing Covid-indused weekend curfew with immediate effect.
  • Revenue Minister R Ashoka said that the night curfew between 10 pm to 5 am every day will continue.
  • Rate of hospitalisation is 5% currently. If increased, we will re-impose weekend curfew, said govt.

The Karnataka government on Friday said that the ongoing Covid-indused weekend curfew will be lifted with immediate effect. However,  Revenue Minister R Ashoka said that the night curfew between 10 pm to 5 am every day will continue. He also added that the 50% occupancy rule will also continue to be in place.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a meeting with experts, senior ministers and officials of his government to assess the COVID-19 situation in the state and curbs that were in place to control its spread.

"The weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday is being lifted. This decision has been taken based on the experts' report and subject to conditions. Now, the rate of hospitalisation is about 5 per cent. In case it increases, we will re-impose the weekend curfew," Revenue Minister R Ashoka said.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he appealed to people not to allow weekend curfew to be put in place again by urging them to follow COVID guidelines and precautionary measures.

"There has been demand from people, various organisations and political leaders from across party lines to lift weekend curfew, but we have taken this decision based on experts' reports. However, the night curfew between 10 pm to 5 am every day will continue, along with a 50 per cent occupancy rule among others," he added.

With a surge in cases, the government had last week decided to extend the existing COVID curbs such as night curfew and the weekend curfew till the end of January.

The minister further said the restrictions on protests, rallies, fairs and events will continue.

(inputs from PTI)

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