The 11-day corona curfew will go into effect in some districts of Karnataka, including the state capital, from Saturday evening.
The state government had announced a nighttime curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily from April 10 to 20 in the towns of Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Tumakuru, Udupi-Manipal.
That aside, the curfew will be in place in other prominent cities and headquarters, the government said.
The police have made elaborate arrangements to ensure that the rules are followed at night.
In Bangalore, Police Commissioner Kamal Pant told reporters that vehicles providing essential services, patients and their relatives will be allowed to travel at night.
In addition, home delivery, e-commerce and transportation of essential goods such as vegetables and food for sale in the morning will be allowed at night.
“Passengers coming and going from Bengaluru are also allowed to travel. They must have travel documents with them,” Pant said.
Businesses that operate at night can continue to operate, but their employees must report for work before 10 p.m.
“We will shut the city down overnight,” Pant said.
Asked about the issuance of special passes for the movement of vehicles, the commissioner said that there was no question of issuing passes.
He warned that those who violate the standards will be registered under the epidemic law.
The decision to impose a nighttime curfew was made due to the surge in coronavirus cases in the state at an alarming rate.
The state reported 7,955 new cases of Covid and 46 deaths as of Friday alone.
(With contributions from the agency)