NEWS/CA 

Partial relaxation in lockdown norms in State from today 

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Almost all activities related to agriculture, allied sectors allowed  

  • The Karnataka State government relaxed partially the lockdown norms from 22nd April. 
  • While almost all activities related to agriculture and allied sectors besides construction work in rural and semi-urban areas have got an exemption from the norms, chosen commercial activities, including manufacturing sectors involved in production and delivery of essential services, packaging industry, and the courier/postal services have been allowed to operate in urban areas. 
  • However, these relaxations will not apply to containment zones. 
  • Motor mechanics, plumbers, electricians, those taking care of IT-product repairs, and carpenters too have been allowed to operate. 

IT services 

  • IT and IT-enabled services, as promised by the government earlier, can work only with “essential minimum staff only”.  
  • The remaining employees of these firms would have to work from home, as per the Karnataka State Consolidated Revised Guidelines issued by the government. 
  • As earlier, essential services such as medical facilities, grocery units, banking activities, and a host of government offices would continue to work in urban as well as rural areas. 

Online delivery 

  • All the players in the supply chain of essential commodities have been kept out of lockdown norms.  
  • At the same time, the notification has asked the district authorities to take measures for the online delivery of essential commodities so that residents need not come out of their houses.  
  • All the manufacturing units involved in the production of essential items, including drugs and medical devices have been allowed to function. 
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