Bengaluru Metro Services Resume From Today As K’taka Relaxes Covid-19 Borders | Bangalore
Bangalore metro services resumed operations from Monday, following an order from the Karnataka government that relaxed Covid-19 restrictions in the state due to lower cases of coronavirus disease over the past few weeks. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has authorized stores, hotels, clubs and restaurants in neighborhoods that have a positivity rate of less than five percent to operate until 5 p.m. on Monday.
In Bengaluru, metro rail services have been licensed, with 50% occupancy, strictly adhering to appropriate Covid-19 behavior and standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by relevant departments.
Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) services will also be available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Taxis and automatic rickshaws have been allowed to travel and can only carry a maximum of two passengers.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), meanwhile, said it plans to operate around 3,000 buses as of Monday. “The government of Karnataka has issued orders relaxing the restrictions on Covid-19 imposed in the state except in Mysuru district and authorized bus operations with a capacity of 50% of the seats,” the KSRTC said in a statement.
The company further said it would begin local and inter-district bus operations on long runs depending on density and traffic needs.
In new guidelines announced on Saturday, the Karnataka government said buses were allowed to operate with 50 percent seating capacity, strictly adhering to appropriate Covid-19 behavior, and no standing travel would be allowed. The revised guidelines will remain in effect until July 5.
According to the order of the government of Karnataka, the districts that have less than 5% positivity are – Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Koppal, Chikkabalapura, Tumakuru, Kolar, Bengaluru Urban (including BBMP area), Gadag, Raichur, Bagalkot, Kalaburagi, Haveri, Ramanagara, Yadgir and Bidar.
“All hotels, restaurants, restaurants, bars and clubs are permitted to operate from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. for indoor dining with a 50% capacity strictly adhering to appropriate COVID behavior and no alcohol will be allowed to be served. during meals Reception delivery is authorized 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, hotels, restaurants, restaurants, bars and air-conditioned chibs are not authorized to operate ”, specifies the ordinance.
Karnataka reported fewer than 5,000 new cases of Covid-19 and 120 deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 28.06 lakh and the toll to 33,883.