Karnataka relaxes coronavirus lockdown norms in 14 districts; standalone shops, industries in rural areas exempted
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Karnataka government on Tuesday announced relaxations in 14 districts of the state from the lockdown norms in place. The 14 districts in which relaxation is declared are Chamarajanagar, Koppal, Chikmagaluru, Raichur, Chitradurga, Ramanagara, Hassan, Shivamogga, Haveri, Yadgir, Kolar, Davanagere, Udupi and Kodagu.
However, in Bengaluru Urban, Belagavi, Mysuru, Vijaypura, Bagalkot, Kalburgi, Bidar and Dakshina Kannada districts the existing lockdown norms will continue to be in force without any change.
Under the relaxations granted by the Karnataka government, all shops registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State/UT, including shops in residential complexes and market complexes, are allowed to operate, with 50 per cent strength of workers. The state government has also made wearing of masks and adhering to social distancing norms mandatory for all the exempted shops.
All the shops, including the neighbourhood shops, standalone shops and shops in residential complexes within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities registered under the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State/UT are also allowed to operate, with 50 per cent workers.
However, shops in multi-brand and single brand malls, and residential complexes outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities will remain shut.
The order also stated that the decision regarding opening of shops and industries in Bellary, Mandya, Bengaluru Rural, Gadag, Tumkuru, Chickkaballapur, Uttar Kannada, Dharwad will be taken by concerned District In-charge Minister.
Regarding the industries, the order stated that the industries operating in rural areas outside the outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities (except in Ramanagara district) will be allowed to operate from today onwards.
Apart from this, manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control in Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Export Oriented Units (EOUs), industrial estates and industrial townships are allowed to operate in the districts where lockdown norms are relaxed.
However, the state government has also notified that these industrial establishments will make arrangements for the stay of workers in their premises as far as possible or will make arrangements in adjacent buildings for the implementation of Standard operating protocol (SOP). The transportations of workers to work places will be the responsibility of the employers in dedicated transport by ensuring social distancing.
Posted By: Talib Khan