Karnataka: Shops dealing in essential services, construction activities allowed on weekdays -

Karnataka: Shops dealing in essential services, construction activities allowed on weekdays


In a fresh order, the Karnataka government has clarified that only shops dealing in sale and supply of essential services will be allowed to operate on weekdays till May 4. Apart from these shops, the government has also allowed activities related to construction and industries, but on the condition that the employers will strictly adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour.

On April 20, the state government had imposed new restrictions for weekdays (Monday to Friday) in order to contain the spread of Covid-19. The government has said the guidelines shall continue to remain in force till 6 am on May 4.

What is not allowed on weekdays:

Schools, colleges, educational/ training/coaching institutions etc. will remain closed.

Online/ distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

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All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, yoga centers, spas, sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools, entertainment/amusement parks, clubs, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places shall remain closed. (Swimming pools approved by the Swimming Federation of India to remain opened for sportspersons for training purpose only.)

All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/academic/ cultural/ religious gathering/ other gatherings and large congregations won’t be allowed.

All religious places/ places of worship shall be closed for public. However, all personnel engaged in the service of the place of worship shall continue to perform their rituals and duties without involving any visitors.

What’s allowed:

Stadia and playground will be allowed for organising sports events and practising purpose, without spectators.

Restaurants and eateries permitted to operate and only take home (parcel) is allowed.

All construction activities, civil repair activities are permitted.

Works pertaining to pre-monsoon preparation are permitted.

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All industries/industrial establishments/ production units are permitted to operate adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour. The movement of staff shall be allowed by producing valid ID/authorisation issued by the establishment concerned.

Shops, including ration shops (PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder are permitted.

Wholesale vegetable/fruit/flower markets shall be permitted to operate from open space/playgrounds strictly adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour. The shifting process shall be completed by April 23.

Restaurants and eateries permitted only for take away.

Lodging Hotels are permitted with services for guests only.

Standalone liquor shops and outlets/bars and restaurants are permitted for take away only.

All food processing and related industries are permitted to operate.

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Banks, insurance offices and ATM are permitted.

Print and electronic media permitted.

Delivery of all items through E-Commerce permitted.

Capital and debt market services and notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India are permitted.

Cold storage and warehousing services permitted.

Private security services permitted.

Barber shops/salon/beauty parlours permitted with strictly adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour and guidelines issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department.

All shops and establishments dealing with construction materials are permitted.

All shops/commercial/private establishments except those mentioned above shall remain closed.

All establishments, wherever possible, should encourage employees to work from home.

All private offices/ organisations/institutions/companies shall be allowed to function with minimal strength as far as possible. As far as possible work from home should be encouraged.

Only essential employees/staff of IT and ITeS companies shall work from office. Rest will work from home.

All telecom and internet service providers and companies offering allied services to telecom and internet services providers are permitted to operate 24/7 with unrestricted movement of personnel and vehicles.

All government offices/autonomous bodies/public corporations, etc., shall function with 50 per cent strength and the rest 50 per cent of the staff shall be deployed for Covid-19 containment and management purpose.

Courts and offices related to judicial work shall operate as per the guidelines issued by the Karnataka High Court.

All offices of the Government of India, its autonomous/subordinate offices, defence, emergency and essential services, and public corporations shall operate as per the guidelines issued by the concerned departments.

Petrol/diesel pumps, gas stations shall be fully operational.

There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements. However, people coming from other states shall strictly adhere to the prevailing guidelines/SOPs issued by Department of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka.

Movement of people through public transport (Metro, KSRTC, BMTC, NEKRTC, NWKRTC, private buses, trains, taxis including cab aggregators, auto rickshaw, etc., is permitted adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour.

Number of people traveling in buses, maxicabs, tempo travellers and metro shall be 50 per cent of the seating capacity and other vehicles shall be as per the seating capacity stipulated by the RTO.

There shall be unrestricted movement of all types of goods and cargo.

All agriculture and allied activities are permitted outside containment zones.

All health Services (including AYUSH and Veterinary Hospitals) including pharmacies to remain fully functional outside containment zones.

Marriages permitted strictly adhering to Covid-19 appropriate behavior with maximum of 50 people.

Cremation/funeral cremation/funerals to be allowed with maximum of 20 people.

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