BENGALURU: Minutes after PM Narendra Modi suggested to state governments the option of imposing a “Corona Curfew” to remind people of the continued danger lurking due to the pandemic, chief minister B S Yediyurappa announced the same in 10 cities across the state.
Announcing the curfew, Yediyurappa said: “In order to bring the rising number of Covid-19 cases under control, the government is imposing Corona Curfew in 8 cities between 10 pm to 5 am. The curfew will be in place for a period of 10 days, starting from April 10. It will end on April 20.”
The cities which will be under curfew will include Bengaluru, Mysuru, Tumakuru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Mangaluru, Udupi and Manipal.
Yediyurappa reminded the people that the curfew was being run on a “trial basis” and it will be expanded to the entire state, if people do not cooperate by maintaining social distance and wearing masks.
“For now, these 8 cities and towns will see the curfew. But if the cases do not come under control and people do not cooperate then we may be forced to extend it to other cities and the entire state,” he said.
Yediyurappa said the movement of essential commodities and other important services will be allowed to function.
Expanding further on the issue, health minister K Sudhakar said the government will not create any trouble for commuters entering and leaving these cities.
“There will be no trouble for travellers and commuters for inter-district and inter-state travel. The curfew is being imposed for only those non-essential services and commercial establishments that remain open beyond 10 pm,” he said.
Sudhakar added that these include hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars who will have to shut down after 10 pm.
In other decisions, the government has also said it will follow the advice of prime minister Narendra Modi and embark on the special drive of vaccination– Tikka Utsav– from April 11 to April 14.