With Covid-19 situation improving, the Karnataka government Friday began a phased unlock process. According to the new guidelines, effective Monday, all shops would be allowed to function in 20 districts where the Covid cases are on the decline. Shops and stand-alone liquor stores would be allowed to operate from 6 am to 2 pm from June 14 in Bengaluru Urban district. Taxis and auto-rickshaws would be allowed to operate but can carry a maximum of 2 passengers only.
However, night and weekend curfew will continue until further orders.
The districts of Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, Davanagere, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi, and Kodagu will continue to remain under existing lockdown guidelines until further notice, owing to high positivity rate there. Under the unlock guidelines, all production units/ establishments/ industries would be permitted to function with 50% of their staff strength, strictly adhering to Covid appropriate behaviour. However, production units/establishments/industries engaged in garment manufacturing can operate only with 30% of their staff strength. Home delivery of all items would be permitted and encouraged 24x7 to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes, a government order said.
Meanwhile, the state reported 8249 new Covid cases, taking the active case load to 203769. While there were 159 Covid-related deaths, the Test Positivity Rate was 4.86% and Case Fatality Rate 1.92%.