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Karnataka withdraws night curfew as Covid-19 cases dip; industry welcomes move

The hotel industry in the state and the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) have welcomed the move as a key step in the revival of the service industry in cities such as Bengaluru.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: November 7, 2021 11:56:09 am
Night curfew which was being imposed from 10 pm to 5 am has been withdrawn. (File)

The Karnataka government on Friday announced the withdrawal of the night curfew that has been in place in the state since April this year amid the second wave of Covid-19 infections.

The night curfew, effective from 10pm to 5am, has been withdrawn with immediate effect, Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar said in a notification.

The hotel industry in the state and the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) have welcomed the move as a key step in the revival of the service industry in cities such as Bengaluru.

“Since there was a sharp drop in the number of Covid cases, we requested the state government to withdraw the night curfew. Most of the hotels receive customers after 10pm… Bars usually receive customers at night. Staff working in the second shift at most of the hotels lost their jobs. This order brings respite to everyone,” Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association President PC Rao said.

FKCCI President Dr I S Prasad said the state economy would improve with the withdrawal of the night curfew. “We have been requesting the government to withdraw the night curfew. The cases have come down…Now businesses and trade will revive,” he said.

The state government has also allowed the resumption of horse racing. “Horse racing is permitted to resume strictly adhering to Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and SOPs issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department. The number of patrons coming to watch shall be strictly as per the seating capacity of the venue and only fully vaccinated people will be allowed entry,” said the state government notification issued Friday.

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