Bengaluru, Jul 5 (UNI): Life returned to normal in Karnataka on Monday as most of the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted across the state except in two districts after a gap of more than two months.
Kodagu and Hassan districts are still under lockdown as the positivity rate in the two districts continue to remain on a higher side.
In Kodagu, the district administration has allowed shops selling essential items to open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On all other days, a strict lockdown is imposed including a weekend curfew.
In Hassan, the business activities can commence between 0600 hrs to 1200 hrs and public transport, including metro, can ply. All other activities continue to remain suspended.
Meanwhile in other parts of the state, malls and offices reopened as they were allowed to function. Sports complexes, stadiums and swimming pools reopened only for training purposes. However, cinema halls, bars, education institutes remained closed.
The night curfew will continue on weekdays but the timings have been eased as it is now between 2100 hrs and 0500 hrs instead of 1900 hrs to 1700 hrs while the weekend curfew has been lifted.
All tourist spots across the state reopened for the public except those in Kodagu and Hassan districts.”Temples will be open only for Darshan. No other special Seva will be permitted,” an official said.
Most of the cases of delta virus have been reported in Maharashtra and Kerala. In this regard, the government has instructed the officials to keep a check on the people coming from other states.