Karnataka weekend lockdown: What's allowed, what's not

The new guidelines will come into effect from 9 pm, 21 April to 6 am, 4 May, until further notice
Last Updated : 21 April 2021, 06:11 IST
Last Updated : 21 April 2021, 06:11 IST

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In addition to extending the pre-existing night curfew in Karnataka (now 9 pm-6 am), the state government has added a weekend curfew to battle Covid-19. As the virus surges, forcing governments to take big steps, we urge our readers to exercise utmost caution and step out only if necessary. In a time like this, your health is the biggest asset.

Meanwhile, across Karnataka, the new lockdown guidelines will come into effect from 9 pm, April 21 to 6 am, May 4, until further notice. Individuals are not allowed to venture out during curfew unless in case of emergencies/essential activities.

Here's a look at what is allowed and what is not during the weekend lockdown:

If I am a government employee and/or involved in essential services, can I go to work?

Yes, employees of state/central government and their autonomous bodies involved in essential Covid-19 services can move unrestricted. Those who are part of industries and organisations requiring operations 24x7 and those deployed in essential services will be allowed to move and would have to provide valid IDs issued by their employer.

Who is permitted to step out during the weekend lockdown?

Telecom/internet service provider employees are allowed movement upon providing valid ID. Essential staff of IT/ITeS companies can work from office, others have to work from home. Those eligible for vaccination can move upon showing minimal proof. Those travelling from and to the state can avail public transport or private vehicles to move but must carry relevant proof such as tickets.

What if I have someone in critical care or need to visit the hospital?

Patients and their helpers requiring essential travel are allowed to move. Those who need medical assistance can also step out. In case of any genuine emergencies, individuals can step out to visit a doctor or hospitals. However, if a visit can be pushed for later, it is advisable to do so.

What if I have tickets booked during the weekend lockdown? Can I travel outside Karnataka?

Yes, there is no prohibition on taking flights.

Will grocery shops, milk supplies remain open during the weekend?

Neighbourhood shops dealing with groceries will get a four-hour window on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 am to 10 am. Online delivery of essential items are permitted throughout the lockdown.

Will Dunzo, Swiggy and Amazon be allowed to deliver?

Yes, food deliveries have been permitted throughout the shutdown period. Restaurants will only be allowed takeaways.

Will liquor shops/ bars/ restaurants be open?

No, liquor shops, bars and restaurants will remain closed during the weekend lockdown. During the week, deliveries and takeaways will be allowed from these. Assembling, dining at these spaces is not permitted.

What about cinema halls, malls, gyms and swimming pools?

All cinema halls, shopping malls, gyms/yoga centres, spas, sports complexes, swimming pools amusement parks, stadia/playground, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will remain shut for the four days of the weekend lockdown

Are wedding ceremonies and funerals allowed?

These are allowed with a maximum capacity of 50 people for weddings and 20 at funerals and crematoriums, respectively. Those present must strictly follow Covid-19 norms.

What about religious gatherings? Will temples, churches, mosques and other religious places be open?

Gatherings of any kind are prohibited, including for religious purposes. Only personnel involved in the service of the place of worship can perform their duties, without visitors.

Can construction activities be undertaken?

Construction work will not be allowed during the weekend shutdown.

Note of caution!

The toll that the pandemic has taken on everyone is only mounting and to ease the pressure on healthcare infrastructure, families and those suffering, we must do our part and be careful. We urge you to take care of yourself and your loved ones and keep information in case of emergencies handy.

Stay safe!

Published 21 April 2021, 03:23 IST

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