Bengaluru to go into week-long complete lockdown from 8 pm July 14

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Hospitals, medical shops and other essential services exempted from the lockdown. The stores selling essential items such groceries, fruits and vegetables will remain open between 5 am and 12 pm every day.

The Karnataka capital of Bengaluru will go into complete lockdown from 8 pm today, July 14, till 5 am on July 22 with all activities except essential services remaining shut.  The complete lockdown will be applicable for both Bengaluru Urban and Rural.

The stores selling essential items such groceries, fruits and vegetables will remain open between 5 am and 12 pm every day. As per the guidelines issued by the Karnataka government on July 13, air and rail services will operate as per schedule. Movement of vehicles, both public and private, will be allowed only in emergencies.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced the lockdown on July 11 in the wake of novel coronavirus cases surging since the beginning of this month. Asking people to join hands in controlling Covid-19 by remaining at home during the lockdown, Yediyurappa said, "While going to purchase daily use items, maintain social distance, wear masks, and follow all the guidelines related to lockdown."

"All essential services including supply of milk, vegetables, fruits, medicines and groceries will continue uninterrupted. I appeal to people to cooperate with the government, follow all guidelines, take all precautionary steps and help us contain the pandemic," the chief minister posted on Twitter.

Under the current lockdown regime, the following activities will be permitted: (only outside Containment zones)

– Shops including ration shops (PDS) dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder to open only from 5 am to 12 noon.

– Home delivery of essential items shall be encouraged to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes. Operations shall be subject to adhering to National Directives for COVID l9 management.

– Banks, insurance offices, and ATM.

– All hospitals nursing homes, clinics, labs, collection centers, Telemedicine facilities, dispensaries, pharmacies, chemists, Jan Aushadhi Kendras, home care providers, and all kinds of medicine shops including medical equipment shops.

– All agriculture and horticulture activities to remain fully functional.

– Delivery of essential items such as food, medicines, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through E-Commerce.

– Delivery of goods by E-Commerce companies.

Following are the list of prohibited activities:

– No new flights or trains will be permitted to operate.

– Metro rail services.

– Taxis (including auto-rickshaws) and services of cab aggregators, except while hired for emergency and as permitted in these guidelines.

– Schools, colleges, educational/ training/ coaching institutions etc. However, examination already scheduled shall be permitted with strict adherence to National Directives for COVID 19 management.

– Hotels, restaurants, and hospitality services, except those meant for housing health/ police/ Government officials/ healthcare workers/stranded persons including tourists and for quarantine facilities. Hotels and restaurants shall be permitted to operate only takeaways and home deliveries.

– All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, stadiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places to remain shut.

– All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic, cultural-religious functions/ other gatherings and large congregations.

-All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for the public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited.

Restrictions on the movement of people:

– No movement of people in BMTC, KSRTC, and private buses except for the following conditions: Interstate and inter-district movement of passengers only in cases of emergency.

– Intra-district (within Bengaluru area) movement of passenger vehicles and buses only in emergency cases or for permitted activities.

- Movement of passenger vehicles to and from the Bengaluru area only in case of emergency after obtaining valid passes and strictly adhering to the prevailing SOPs/guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

– Students appearing for exams can use Admission ticket as travel pass and use mode of transport available to them including taxi/auto rickshaw, etc. (with inputs from New Indian Express)

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