New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said that people from four states - Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Kerala - will not be allowed entry into the state will May 31. 

The chief minister, however, also announced that all four state transport corporation buses will be allowed to operate in Karnataka, except in red and containment zones, from Tuesday. 

He also said that complete lockdown will be imposed across the state on all Sundays till May 31, adding that communal parks will be opened from Tuesday and night curfew will continue across the state from 7 pm to 7 am. 

"Road state transport corporation buses in state and private buses will run. Strict lockdown measures in containment zones and economic activities will be permitted in other areas. Sundays will be total lockdown across state. Home quarantine will be strengthened," Yediyurappa was quoted by ANI as saying. 

Only 30 people would be allowed to travel in the buses and wearing of face masks and maintaining physical distancing are mandatory, he said. Bus fares would not be increased, he added.

Inter-state transport would not be allowed, except in emergency cases. Trains can operate within the state but not inter-state services till May 31.

Yediyurappa further announced that all shops, except those in containment zones, will be allowed to open and passenger trains will run within the state. 

Auto and taxis were also given green signal to get on to roads, but there should be only three passengers, including the driver. In maxi-cabs, the maximum number should be four passengers, including driver.

Saloons can also pull up their shutters. Parks have been allowed to open from 7 am to 9 am and from 5 pm to 7 pm, Yediyurappa said.

Except shopping malls and cinema halls, all shops can open, he added.

The directions come a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued fresh guidelines for the fourth phase of lockdown, allowing inter- and intra-state movement of people only with mutual consent among the states.

Standalone shops and markets have been allowed to open with staggered timings in red Zones, except those falling in containment zones. 

With the fourth phase of lockdown coming into effect with a host of relaxations, even in red zones, the states now have the power to identify red, orange and green zones, and containment and buffer zones inside red and orange zones.

While red, orange and green zones will be decided by the states, the district administration and local urban bodies will identify the containment and buffer zones with technical inputs at local level and by taking into consideration the health ministry guidelines.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta