Amid an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, the Karnataka government on Tuesday announced night curfew in the state from 9 pm on April 21 to 6 am on May 4. The government has also announced a slew of other restrictions to contain the virus spread.
All shops, shopping malls except those offering essential services will close at 9 pm from Wednesday.
All educational institutions, gyms and spas will remain closed while swimming pools will be opened for sports persons for training purpose only, said the government.
Earlier, at an all-party meeting chaired by Governor Vajubhai Vala to discuss the measures to be taken, leaders of all political parties advised the government for strict measures, with JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy even demanding a lockdown.
"The situation in the state has aggravated, therefore some extraordinary measures are necessary. Lots of suggestions have come from the video conference conducted by the Governor," Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said.