Bengaluru : Reacting to displeasure among business communities against night curfew imposed in Karnataka especially between December 28 and January 2, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said the step was taken in the interest of public health.
“Though steps have been taken to prevent the spread of Omicron, night curfew has been introduced from 10 pm to 5 am as a precautionary measure,” he told reporters here.
The night curfew has been imposed for 10 days from December 28.
The limited hour curfew will continue till January 7, and will be in effect on hotels, restaurants, pubs from December 30 to January 2, the peak new year’s celebration time.
All staff members of these business outlets must carry Covid-19 negative RT-PCR report and be fully vaccinated with both doses.
All gatherings, meetings, conferences, including marriages from Tuesday should strictly limit the number of participants to 300 only and Covid-19 appropriate behavior have to be enforced during the event. The responsibility lies with the organizers.
People should strictly follow Covid norms at tourist spots, he said, adding that the purpose of issuing new guidelines around new year’s celebration is to stop the spread of Omicron that now has a tally of 31 in the state.
Replying to a question about much-expected cabinet expansion, Bommai said, it is an internal matter of the party and the party leadership will take a call on it. “There is good coordination between the party and the administration,” he said.
The CM said the BJP state executive committee meeting in Hubballi will discuss issues related to party organization and other developments. The meeting, which is held once every two months, would take important decisions, he said.