The Karnataka government on Monday made wearing masks mandatory in public places as a precautionary measure to deal with the rising Covid situation in the state. It has also issued guidelines for the new year, limiting the time of celebration. Revenue Minister R. Ashok announced the decision to make wearing masks mandatory while talking to reporters after holding a meeting with officials of the health and disaster management departments. However, no challan will be deducted for those who do not wear it. He said, wearing masks has been made mandatory in the interest of the people.
The minister said that the government has made it mandatory for all theatres, malls, hotels, restaurants, indoor programs, public meetings and for employees of schools and colleges to wear two doses of vaccination and masks. It is recommended to take a booster dose. Hotels and pubs should operate with the current seating capacity and they should not increase it. Wearing of masks has been made mandatory at MG Road, Brigade Road and other places during New Year celebrations.
The time for celebration on New Year’s Eve is limited to 1 a.m. and after that celebration will not be allowed. It is advised that senior citizens, pregnant women and children should stay indoors and not participate in celebrations in crowded areas.