The Karnataka government has announced 14 days lockdown across the State starting from 9 pm today, to break the chain of Covid 19 transmission in the State. The lockdown will be in force till 6 am on 12th of next month. Only essential shops would be open from 6 am to 10 am for the next two weeks. Announcing this yesterday in Bengaluru, after the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa said that public road transport including bus,auto and taxis in the State and metro trains in Bengaluru would not operate for the next 14 days. All cinema halls ,shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools, entertainment parks, clubs, bars and auditoriums will remain closed. Marriages will be allowed with 50 people and funerals with 5 people following strict covid -19 protocols. Except the manufacturing and construction sector, all other sectors including the garment industry would remain closed. All agriculture related activities will be allowed in rural areas. Meanwhile Deputy Chief Minister Dr. C.N. Aswath Narayana has announced that all the Engineering and Diploma exams have been postponed due to the lockdown and the new dates will be announced later.
Kerala has imposed more stringent restrictions following the COVID situation which continued to worsen as the state recorded 21,890 new cases in the past twenty four hours. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has expressed deep concern over the Covid scenario. Talking to the media Mr Vijayan said, it is agreed in the all party meeting held yesterday, not to have a complete lockdown in the State, instead stricter restrictions will be imposed. Theatres, malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, amusement parks, bars, and foreign liquor shops will be closed temporarily. Strict control will be imposed on all places of worship. Shops and other establishments will be functional only till 7.30 PM. On May 2nd, the counting day of assembly polls, public demonstrations and mass gatherings will be completely avoided and Public will not be allowed to enter the counting centers.