Karnataka, on Wednesday, announced night curfew between 11 pm and 5 am from December 24 to January 1.
The step was taken as a precautionary measure amid concerns over a new Covid-19 variant found in the UK.
“Night curfew will be imposed across Karnataka starting 24th December 2020 until January 1st, 2021 (5 AM on January 2nd, 2021) between 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM. The midnight Christmas Mass on Dec 24th night shall be permitted and guidelines shall be followed”, CM Yediturappa tweeted.
All passengers coming from the UK will have to undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR tests within 72 hours, the state government has said.
“In view of the new strain of coronavirus, it has been decided to impose (a) night curfew from today to January 2 between 10 PM to 6 AM. I request everyone to cooperate,” Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said today. He had told reporters yesterday “there’s no need for night curfew for now,” while stressing “we’ve to be extra cautious”, reported PTI.
- From December 30th to January 2nd, parties, special DJ dance programs and special events are prohibited in clubs, pubs, restaurants and other places that attract people in large numbers without social distancing.
“All this will be applicable for the entire state. I request all public to cooperate in view of the new Covid-19 strain that has emerged,” said Yediyurappa.
- The CM said that anyone traveling to the state and arriving at airports in Bengaluru or Mangaluru from abroad must have a Covid-negative certificate through an RT-PCR test. The certificate must be obtained 72 hours before departure.
- All arrangements have been made at the airport to conduct tests. Health workers have been deployed there to make sure no one enters town without being tested, he said.
- Industries and factories that require 24-hour operation are allowed to work without restrictions, but with 50% staff.
- An order from Secretary-General TM Vijay Bhaskar said that night buses, trains and flights would be permitted over long distances. Driving back and forth in taxis and cars is permitted for dropping off or collecting people to or from bus stops, train stations and airports. It is allowed to display valid tickets.
- There is no restriction on the transportation of all types of goods by truck, lorry, or freight carrier, including empty vehicles.
Earlier in the day, health minister Sudhakar said all those who had arrived in the state from the UK since November 25 will be mandatorily monitored for 28 days and will be asked to quarantine themselves.
“Those who have completed 14 days have to self-monitor till the 28th day. Those who have come in the past 14 days will be monitored by our government, department staff using technology. Those with symptoms will be made to undergo RT-PCR test,” he said.
Recently, Maharashtra also has announced night curfew till January 5 in Mumbai and other cities, following the same concern.