Karnataka relaxes lockdown guidelines, allows export industries to resume operations from June 3

Bangalore: Amid talks to extend the lockdown for another week in the state, the Karnataka government on Wednesday evening eased lockdown guidelines in the state and allowed 100% export-oriented industries to operate with a workforce of 50%. The development comes as industry bodies have urged the Chief Minister to let them all resume manufacturing as the United States and Europe have fully open and booming markets. Also Read – Gujarat Extends Night Curfew in 36 Districts Until June 11, Allows Stores to Open From June 4

The full lockdown in the state is expected to end on June 7, and Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa discussed the COVID situation in a meeting with senior ministers and officials. At the meeting, the Chief Minister discussed the Centre’s desire to continue to apply strict control measures until the positivity rate falls below 5%. Also Read – Karnataka Lockdown: BS Yediyurappa Confirms Closure To Continue With Releases

Shortly after the meeting, Karnataka Interior Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the chief minister will take the final call on the extension of the lockdown on Saturday after his visit to Belagavi district and the assessment of the situation. pandemic in the districts. Also Read – Full Lockdown in Jharkhand Extended Until Jun 10, Stores To Open Until 2pm | Full list of guidelines here

However, state government officials told Economic Times that the state government should initiate easing in some areas to partially allow economic activities.

Earlier today, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa hinted that strict measures could continue, saying the coronavirus was not fully under control and cases were still high in rural areas.

“I’m going to have a discussion with everyone to make a decision on what action needs to be taken regarding the lockdown. Most importantly, I have decided to give permission to those involved in the exports. Export-oriented companies will therefore be allowed from Thursday, ”Yediyurappa said.

On the other hand, Karnataka Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar said the time has come for the state to move forward and “reopen” the economy, as the state has reached a peak. stage where it can resume its industrial operations in a phased phase.

The Chief Secretary also thanked the industry organizations and associations that have helped the government fight the second wave over the past 45 days.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Karnataka topped 30,000, as the state reported 463 deaths and 16,387 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 26,35,122. The day also saw 21,199 landfills. As of the evening of June 2, a total of 26,35,122 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, including 30,017 deaths and 23,12,060 discharges.

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