Karnataka Night Curfew: Govt Issues SOPs; Train, Air Services Permitted

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Karnataka has imposed night curfew between 11 pm and 5 am concerning the new covid-19 strain. The Govt. said that the curfew will be effective from today till January 2.

Regarding this, the Karnataka Police has issued the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the night curfew.

“All industries, companies, organizations which require operations at night will be permitted to operate with 50 per cent staff. Movement of employees of such organization will be allowed on producing valid lD card issued by their respective organization or institution,” the SOP reads.

“The movement of taxis and autos are permitted for dropping or pickup of people to or from bus stops, railway stations and airports. The movement will be allowed on displaying valid tickets and travel documents,” it added.

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Here are some points to note:

  • 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.

And, if any person violating the above-mentioned containment measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under section 188 of the IPC, according to the guidelines.

It also said that the concerned will be dealt with serious legal action if the order is breached.

However, any person can file a petition to modify or cancellation of this order if feels affected adversely by the order, u/s 144(5) and 144(6).

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“There will be no restriction in the movement of all types of goods through trucks, goods vehicle,s or any goods carriers, including empty vehicles”, said Kamal Pant, IPS, Commissioner of Police and Additional District Magistrate of the City.

However, the midnight Christmas Mass on 24 will be permitted and the celebration of Christmas and New Year festivities will be as per the guidelines issued earlier.


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