After nearly five weeks of the lockdown, Bengaluru is expected to reopen several companies, while restrictions on citizens and vehicle movements persist and operate from home would remain a prerequisite in India’s technology hub.
The Delhi government has declared specific relaxations to involve the selling of liquor. However, Mumbai can not rest because of the large number of cases registered in the city. “Barricades are not going to be removed now. It will come off only when the government withdraws the word lockdown,” Bhaskar Rao, Bengaluru city police commissioner said.
The announcement comes a day before Bengaluru and other areas of Karnataka are planning to reopen companies and factories as the B.S.Yediyurappa-led state government has allowed certain concessions in the cash-starved state to kickstart economic development. Bengaluru is one of three districts in Karnataka that the centre has identified as a ‘Danger Zone,’ but states have been granted the right to reduce the level, with a fine of up to 2000 for not wearing masks in Bengaluru’s public places.
There will be no action in Karnataka’s 123 containment areas, including 23 in Bengaluru which has 70 active cases out of the 149 reported so far. Of the 13 strongly checked Sunday, four come from Bengaluru City.
Only Uber Essential and Uber Medic will be available in Bengaluru, Mumbai and other cities in the red zones, the company said in a statement on Sunday. Malls, movie theatres, places of religious worship, barbershops, among others, will remain closed as the novel coronavirus continues to endanger the region, state and nation. Nevertheless, the state government has approved the opening of liquor stores in Bengaluru, as excise is one of the state’s major sources of revenue.