With the easing of COVID-19 lockdown norms under unlock 1.0, the Karnataka government on Thursday permitted state transport buses to operate even
during the night curfew hours 9 pm to 5 am.
Autos, taxis and cabs have also been given permission to operate during these hours for picking commuting passengers from pickup points or bus stands.
Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar in an order said, state transport corporations (BMTC, KSRTC, NEKRTC and NWKRTC) buses have been allowed to operate during night curfew hours from 9pm to 5am.
On the basis of their bus tickets, passengers would be allowed to commute to bus stand or from there to home, in accordance with the COVID-19 control measures, SOPs and other guidelines, it said.
Further, during the curfew hours autos, taxis and cabs have been given permission to pick commuters from pickup points or bus stands, it added.
Earlier, the government had revised the night curfew time from the previous 7pm-7am to 9pm-5am, and said the movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9pm and 5am throughout the state, except for essential activities.
The government has also said that jungle lodges and resorts, also private organisations providing similar facilities, along with activities they provide like safari, trekking among others would be permitted from June 8, in compliance with the guidelines and SOP issued and following
the social distancing norms.