First 'Sunday curfew' gets underway in Karnataka
Bengaluru, May 24: The first 'Sunday curfew' imposed by the Karnataka government to try and contain the spread of COVID-19 got underway in the state today, with people by and large adhering to norms, roads wearing a deserted look and almost no vehicular traffic, barring essential services. With barricades being up across most roads in the state, people ventured out only to purchase groceries, vegetabes and medicines.
Instances of violation of Sunday curfew lockdown norms were reported in COVID-19 hotspots of Shivajinagar and Rayapura in Bengaluru and Nelamangala and Devanahalli.
Temples, malls, bars, eateries and small food joints remained shut throughout state. In most parts of the state buses, autorickshaws and cabs did not ply. In Bengaluru, the ever bustling Majestic area, which houses the central city bus stand, inter-city bus stand, Metro Railway Station and the City Railway Station, did not see any activity as buses did not ply and all shops were shut, police said.
Reports from Mysuru, Tumakuru, Kolar, Mangaluru, Udupi and other towns across the state said there were no lockdown violations.
Amid the rigid curfew marriages were conducted in a simple manner in various parts of the state like Gollarahatti and Yashwanthapura in Bengaluru and also in Davangere. Families of the brides and grooms invited only a few people for the event, adhered to social distancing norms and wore masks. In Gollarahatti, the event organisers cleaned the road, after which the invitees, who were hardly 25 to 30 in number, sat down to have a feast.
The Karnataka government had eased restrictions during Lockdown 4 for start of economic activities like city buses, inter-district bus service, intrastate train services, opening of shops and markets. However, the government had made it clear that there will be 'Janata Curfew' every Sunday during which only essential services would be permitted.