The Karnataka government has decided to impose a complete lockdown in Bengaluru every Sunday, during which no activities except essential services will be allowed, said the Chief Minister’s Office on Saturday (June 27).
These Sunday lockdowns will come into effect from July 5 and remain in place until further orders, it said. Besides, from June 29 onwards, the existing timing of night curfew from 9 am to 5 am will be changed to 8 pm to 5 am, the CMO added.
The decision came following a meeting called by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in the wake of an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in the state capital. All the government offices shall remain closed on all Saturdays, with effect from July 10, the CMO said.
Reports suggest that the commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike will set up more wholesale vegetable markets to avoid crowding at grocery stores in the city. It may be noted that some major market areas in Bengaluru have already been sealed till July 7.
A day earlier, Chief Minister Yediyurappa had said that no fresh lockdown will be imposed in Bengaluru and that all efforts would be made to control the spread of the virus in the city, while asserting that improving economic situation of the state is also equally important.