Green Zone shops can open, malls to remain shut: Karnataka Government


The Karnataka government announced some more relaxations for certain districts which have no or zero cases of coronavirus. The relaxations, which include opening of shops with 50% workforce, will come into effect from tomorrow. However, malls will continue to remain shut. In shops, employees will, however, have to wear masks and practice social distancing. Further, they will have to be transported to their place of work.


Other activities, which will be allowed in the ‘Green Zones’ include opening of industries in rural areas, manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), industrial estates and industrial townships.


However, there will be no relaxation even after May 3 in districts categorised as ‘hotspots’ or ‘Red Zones.’


Today’s development, notably, comes after a series of relaxations came into effect in the state from April 23. These include, among others, opening of IT and IT-enabled services with minimum essential staff, private vehicles with passes, electricians, plumbers, tea/coffee/rubber plantations, road construction etc.


Karnataka currently has 523 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 207 patients who were cured and 20 fatalities.