The decision came following a Cabinet meeting that was held on Monday morning as the state registered a record high of 34,000 COVID-19 cases on a single day on Sunday.
“We have come to a decision after speaking to all ministers and experts,” Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said in a press briefing after the Cabinet meeting. Stores selling essential items will remain open for people only from 6 am to 10 am, the Chief Minister confirmed.
Public transportation, including RTC buses and Bangalore Metro services, will not function. Goods can be transported from one state to another. Take away from restaurants and home delivery of alcohol has been allowed.
There will be no shortage of oxygen henceforth, he said, adding that the Union government has agreed to increase supply from 300 MT to 800 MT.
The state is already under night curfew and weekend lockdown under existing restrictions as the number of cases have been on the rise since the start of April.