Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has announced that a 14-day 'COVID curfew' will be imposed across the state from 9 pm on April 27.
The state has seen a rapid spike in COVID-19 cases, recording its highest single-day surge of over 34,000 cases on April 25. Of this, Bengaluru alone reported more than 20,700 cases.
Bengaluru has over 1.8 lakh active COVID-19 cases as on April 25, higher than Mumbai and Delhi.
Detailed guidelines on the lockdown will be released later in the day.
The Karnataka government had already imposed a night curfew and weekend lockdown in the state to curb the spread of infections.
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Here's what is allowed:
> Essential stores can operate from 6 am to 10 am
> Construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors can function
> Takeaway from restaurants and bars and home delivery of alcohol
> Goods can be transported from one state to another.
> Flights and trains that are already scheduled during this period will be allowed. The ticket will serve as passes while commuting to and fro the station or airport.
> Marriages permitted with maximum 50 people, funerals allowed with 5 people- everything with appropriate COVID behaviour.
Which activities are not permitted?
> Public transportation, including RTC buses and Bangalore Metro services, will not be operational.
> Schools and colleges will be closed
> Hotels, restaurants, hospitality services will be shut.
> Cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, stadia, entertainment parks, clubs, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls will all be shut.
> Inter-state and intra-state movement of passenger vehicles is only allowed during an emergency.
> Political, social, religious and other large gatherings have already been banned. Religious places/places of worship will also be closed for the public. However, people engaged in services at the places of places of worship shall continue working.