The state may go for unlocking in four to five phases after June 14, as the COVID-19 induced lockdown comes to an end said Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Wednesday.
The State Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended a gradual unlocking of activities across Karnataka, as the Covid-battered state gets ready to take small steps towards normalcy after June 14, when the lockdown is scheduled to end, reports the Deccan Herald.
The committee — which submitted its recommendations to the government on the unlock process on Monday — suggested the chief minister allow shops, malls, hotels to open for four hours initially.
But it recommended against opening up places of worship, swimming pools and others till the end of June, add the DH.
“Keeping the number of deaths and new cases in mind and aimed at bringing down the COVID infections further, lockdown will not be relaxed at one go.
Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Health Minister K Sudhakar and I have held detailed discussions with the Chief Minister in this regard,” Ashoka said.
Lockdown will be relaxed in phases, most probably it may be done in four to five phases.
“First will be timings, now the relaxation that is there between 6 to 10 am, may get extended further, also those who go for walk at parks may get some relief.
All this is subjected to final decision by the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is likely to call a meeting of Ministers, officials and experts in a day or two, to discuss and take a decision.
We will also have to keep in mind the rise in positive cases as we unlock, the minister added.