Some of the relaxations announced by the state government in its revised guidelines on Friday include opening of parks and industries, extension of opening hours of shops selling essential goods and allowing autos and taxis to operate with a maximum of two passengers.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had said on Thursday that 11 districts with high rates of infection would continue with COVID restrictions till June 21 while some relaxations would be given in the rest of the state from June 14. These 11 districts include Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Davangere, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi and Kodagu.
As per the guidelines, all industries have been allowed to operate with 50 per cent workforce, but apparel industries have been allowed to operate with only 30 per cent workforce.
These said that eateries, shops dealing with groceries, fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, dairy and milk booths and animal feed will be allowed to function from 6 am to 2 pm. Street vendors, PDS shops and optical shops will be allowed during the same period.
All construction activities/repair works including shops/establishments dealing with building materials, especially cement and steel, are permitted outside the containment zone. The relaxation will be applicable in 19 districts of the state from 6 am on June 14 to 6 am on June 21.
Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai appealed to the people to strictly follow the guidelines, saying that there are relaxations and weekend and night curfew till June 21. He said as the date approaches, the situation will be reviewed and a decision will be taken whether to extend it or not.
He said, “The exemption is from June 14. People are behaving like it is from today and it is not right to come out unnecessarily.” He said that self-restraint is necessary and people should cooperate with the police.
The guidelines state that the parks will remain open from 5 am to 10 am. Taxis and auto rickshaws can operate with a maximum of two passengers.