Karnataka will allow gymnasiums and yoga institutions to reopen from August 5 as part of the Unlock 3 phase. The state will also lift night curfews as well as the Sunday lockdowns it had brought in as cases spiked over the past several weeks.
The state government said it will issue Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for gymnasiums and yoga institutions for allowing them to function. Karnataka has also made inter-state travel smoother, with no separate permit or approval needed. However, travellers will have to adhere to SOPs on travel.
In keeping with the ministry of home affairs (MHA) guidelines, Karnataka will also allow Independence Day functions, with social distancing norms, and mandatory wearing of masks. Karnataka’s reopening of more commercial activity comes even as it recorded its highest single-day spike on Thursday, adding 6,128 COVID-19 positive cases.
The state was among the first few states to bring in several relaxations starting June, when it opened up restaurants, malls and religious places. However, the rising cases forced the government to bring in a week-long lockdown in Bengaluru and a few other districts earlier this month.
First Published: IST