The Karnataka government started easing curbs in 16 districts as announced on Saturday. This comes after the positivity rate in these 16 districts dropped below 5%.
The decision was taken by Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa, based on the positivity rate and suggestions made by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
As per the new relaxations, in 16 districts, including Bengaluru city, hotel and restaurants can open at 50% capacity. All shops can be open till 5 pm. Also dining at hotels, clubs, and restaurants (excluding liquor) will continue at 50% capacity. However, air-conditioning is not allowed. Apart from those conducting outdoor sports without spectators is allowed. Government and private offices are permitted to work with 50% capacity. Lodges and resorts can function only with 50 % capacity. Gyms can operate with 50% capacity (without AC facility).
The 16 district include- Bengaluru urban, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Mandya, Koppala, Chikkaballapur, Tumkur, Kolar, Gadaga, Raichur, Bagalakote, Kalaburagi, Haveri, Ramnagara, Yadagiri and Bidar.
In districts with more than a 5% positivity rate, relaxations were announced on June 11, where essential services can stay open till 2 pm, and selected industries and offices are allowed to open. These districts are Hassan, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Shimoga, Chamrajngagar, Chikkamagalur, Bangalore rural, Davanagere, Kodagu, Dharwad, Bellari, Chitradurga and Vijayapura. The lockdown rules will remain in the Mysuru district, which has a positivity rate of more than 10%.
Meanwhile, night curfew between 7 pm to 5 am, weekend curfew between 7 am to 5 am, and a cap on 50% seating capacity up to 50% will be applicable across the state. As of now total number of active cases in the state is 1,30,872.