Unlocking Karnataka: State readies to partly open up 19 districts

As the pandemic's second wave declines, the South State Karnataka is reading to partly unlock from Monday in 19 districts where the test positivity rate has fallen considerably.

The districts set to unlock are Bagalkot, Ballari, Bengaluru Urban, Bidar, Chikkaballapur, Chitradurga, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Kalaburagi, Kolar, Koppal, Raichur, Ramanagar, Tumukur, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Vijayapura, and Yadagir. Curbs will, however, continue in the remaining 11 districts ( Bengaluru Rural, Belagavi, Chamarajanagar, Chikkamagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Davangere, Hassan, Kodagu, Mandya, Mysuru, and Shivamogga) till June 21 to reduce the positivity rate, as advised by the technical committee of health experts.

The relaxation will allow autos and taxis to operate with two passengers in these 19 districts. "Essential shopping will be allowed from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parks will be open for walking from 5-10 a.m. Street vendors can do business from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.," said the official.

All industries will be allowed to function with 50 percent staff, while garment units will function with 30 percent employees. As per the guidelines, ration shops selling foodgrains under the public distribution system (PDS) will function from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Hotels, restaurants and eateries can operate their kitchens to provide parcel service only. Dine-in will not be allowed and customers have to maintain social distancing for ordering and collecting parcels," said the order. Liquor shops will be able to allowed to be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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