Amid COVID-19 lockdown, Karnataka govt permits bakeries to function

South India

Amid a coronavirus nation-wide lockdown, Karnataka government on Monday allowed bakeries and related product food units in the state to open and function with minimum staff .


The circular issued by Rajendar Kumar Kataria, Secretary to the government said:

 "The Central government has permitted the functioning of food units engaged in bakery and biscuit, condiments, confectionery and sweet for manufacturing, supply and operating retail outlets with minimum staff/labour."

The circular points out that bakery products and related items are being consumed by patients, elderly people, children and the general public. 

The circular said these units shall strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Department of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka government with regard to the preventive measures to be ensured for combating COVID-19.

"It is stated that all employers shall ensure that these units maintain high standard of health, hygiene, sanitation and social distancing. The units shall not permit serving/dining in the premises and only parcel/takeaways are permitted," the circular added.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

According to the latest update from the Health and family welfare, there are 4,281 cases in the country including 3,851 active cases. While 111 deaths have been reported, around 319 people have been cured/discharged/migrated. 

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


With inputs from ANI

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