Home-deliver food from March 21, hotels told
CM requests PM for more testing labs in state
In a major decision to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Karnataka government has directed hotel owners to not allow anybody to sit and consume food inside their establishments. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has directed hotel owners to have food parcels home-delivered.
After a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Yediyurappa said in a presser that this measure will be strictly implemented from Saturday evening.
“I am requesting all hotel owners not to misuse the crisis and to allow the parcel facility to individuals who depend on hotel food,” the CM said.
Yediyurappa added, “The restrictions on hotels will be strictly implemented in the jurisdiction of all the corporation areas in the state, including the BBMP area in Bengaluru.”
Bars, pubs to stay shut
The CM was also firm on the government’s decision to shut pubs and bars as these establishments attract a large number of people. “Pubs and bar owners have to follow the government?s direction,” he said.
Yediyurappa said, “We held a proper discussion in the video conference with the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister briefed us about the steps taken by the Union government to curb the spread of the disease. He said the situation is alarming and the directions need to be strictly implemented.”
“We made a request to set up testing labs at Bellary, Hubli, Kalaburagi and Mangalore, which was accepted by the Prime Minister,” the CM added.