Restrictions eased further, theatres, colleges to reopen

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The Karnataka government has announced further relaxation in the state on Sunday (July 18) by allowing institutes of higher education to reopen from next week. “At a meeting of CM BS Yediyurappa with ministers & govt officials, it has been decided that institutes of higher education will be allowed to reopen from July 26, only vaccinated persons (partially or fully) will be given entry”, news agency ANI reported.

The BS Yediyurappa led-government has permitted both undergraduate and postgraduate colleges to reopen from July 26 on the condition that the students and staff attending the institutions should be vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Additionally, the night curfew in the state has been relaxed by an hour and now will remain in place from 10 pm to 5 am. These relaxations will come into force from July 19. The official statement also revealed that the cinema theatres would be allowed to operate with 50 per cent occupancy after adhering to COVID-19 protocols.

This came after a review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa along with top ministers. 

Here are some relaxations that will be imposed by the state from Monday (July 19). 

– 1. Night curfew to continue from 10 pm to 5 am in the state as per the existing guidelines.

– 2. Cinema halls/multiplexes/theatres/rangamandiras/auditoriums and similar places have been permitted to operate with 50 per cent seating capacity strictly adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour and SOPs issued by the concerned departments.

– 3. Colleges and institutions pertaining to the Department of Higher Education are permitted to re-open from July 26, strictly adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour and SOPs/guidelines issued by the concerned Department. 

Only students, teaching and non-teaching/other staff who have taken at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be permitted to attend the colleges/institutions. Attendance of students will be optional.

– 4. All Skill Development training including long-term technical courses are permitted strictly adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour. Only students, teaching and non-teaching/other staff who have taken at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be permitted to attend the institutions.

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