Issuing a clarification, the government said that only shops selling essentials like fruits, vegetables, groceries, fuel, medicines can stay open on weekdays. The government also permitted activities related to construction and industries if employers are willing to follow COVID-19 protocol. This clarification on part of Karnataka government came after it announced new restrictions for weekdays on April 20. The government had announced night curfew from 9 pm to 6 am everyday and weekend curfew till May 4.
Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar had Wednesday night issued guidelines on enforcing night curfew and weekend curfew; which were tweaked the next day to include a sentence that stated shops and establishments other than those listed in the order will stay shut.
A chaos also ensued when shut down bakeries; fruit juice and other shops, prompting traders to call it ”partial lockdown”.
According to the modified order, ration shops, grocery shops, wholesale vegetable markets; restaurants and hotels to sell takeaway products, standalone liquor shops and bars, food processing related industries, banks and insurance companies; delivery of e-commerce and barber and salon shops are permitted to operate with strict adherence to the COVID protocol.