Let not curfew affect us: Industries to govt

BENGALURU: The Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (KASSIA) has urged the state government to ensure that industries operating in night shifts are not affected by the the night curfew that will take effect in Bengaluru and seven other cities from Saturday. Chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday announced the 10 pm to 5 am curfew hours from Saturday until April 20 to control the rise in Covid-19 cases, which has crossed 5,000 cases in Bengaluru Urban district.

“The night curfew announced to arrest the surge in Corona will put a spanner in the functioning of industries operating in night shift and the state government must also take concurrent steps to ensure industries are not adversely affected,” KASSIA president KB Arasappa said.

The association has asked the government to allow workers in night shift to commute to their workplace by showing their ID. Small industries have also requested the police personnel not to harass industries operating at night.

Medical doctors are divided over the decision on curfew. While some top doctors from Bengaluru have rubbished the curbs saying it will not help, some medical practitioners bet they just may.

Shylaja Shyamsundar, consultant physician at Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain Hospital in Girinagar welcomed the government’s decision and said restrictions on people’s movement at night will check the youth from partying in crowded pubs and restaurants. “We are seeing a rise in the number of youngsters who are testing positive for Covid and falling severely ill in the last few days. Night curfew will prevent people from partying and also ensure they do not venture out unnecessarily at the risk of carrying home the infection,” she said.

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Some doctors say although night curfew may act as a reminder to people that Covid exists, behavioural change is the need of the hour. “I am all for keeping the economy running and personally, do not support restrictions that affect commercial activities. But then when the freedom is given, people should also learn to behave responsibly,” said Dr Yatheesh Govindaiah, unit head of

, Jayanagar branch.



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