In front of the weekend curfew In the state, since 8 pm on Friday till Monday 5 am, Karnataka Excise Minister K Gopalaiah said there will be no sale of alcohol for two days during curfew in the state.
“It has been decided that there will not be any sale of liquor during the weekend curfew. I have directed the officials to issue an order to this effect,” Gopalaiah told media.
He said there is a surge in cases in the state, particularly in Bengaluru. Subsequently, it has been chosen not to open the alcohol shops.
Gopalaiah said the alcohol retailers had given a demonstration to permit them to run their shops however because of rising Covid cases, their request was not fulfilled.
In the mean time, Bengaluru police chief Kamal Pant spoke to individuals not to step out unless necessary.
“The weekend curfew will come into effect from 8 pm tonight. Please do not go to various places unnecessarily and cooperate with the police for your own safety,” Pant informed media.
He told that only a few activities are allowed including medical and essential services.
“Those who want to go to the hospital have to furnish supporting documents. Those travelling should also possess tickets and related papers,” said the police commissioner.
He also said that no one will be given any passed to travel in the city.
Pant cautioned those who are flaunting the Covid-19 protocol will face action under the Natural Disaster Management Act (NDMA). The violators will be confined and their vehicles will be seized.
The Karnataka government has released a series of restrictions weekend and night curfews for quite some time to check the rising Covid cases.