In yet another flip-flop, the Karnataka government on Thursday, December 24, withdrew the order for the night curfew in the state, hours before it was supposed to come into effect.
The curfew, from 10 pm to 6 am, was supposed to remain in place till 2 January.
The order for the curfew had come amid concerns over the new variant of coronavirus detected in the United Kingdom, which is said to be much more infectious.
A statement from Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s office on Thursday appealed to the people to wear masks, maintain physical distancing, and adhere to the COVID-19 rules imposed by the government.
“The night curfew order, issued earlier, has been withdrawn after reviewing the situation on the suggestion of Technical Advisory Committee,” the CMO said.
Yediyurappa said that the night curfew in the state from December 24 has been withdrawn after Cabinet colleagues and senior officials opined that it was not needed. Reports said that the government was forced to take this action in view of the massive public outcry against the order to impose night curfew.
However, ban on public gatherings during New Year Celebrations will continue in the state in the light of a new, highly contagious variant of coronavirus that has been detected in the United Kingdom.
@CMofKarnataka @BSYBJP decides to withdraw night curfew order. A message from his office says after the public outcry he has ordered the concerned authorities to withdraw his earlier order. #KarnatakaNightCurfew
— DP SATISH (@dp_satish) December 24, 2020
The Karnataka Police earlier on Thursday had issued the Standard Operating Procedures for the night curfew that was supposed to have been in force in the state between 11 pm and 5 am, effective December 24 till January 2.
As per the SOP, the movement of long-distance night buses, train services, and air services too are permitted.
To and fro movement of taxis and autos are permitted for dropping or pickup of people to or from bus stops, railway stations and airports. The movement will be allowed on displaying valid tickets and travel documents.
The midnight Christmas Mass on 24 will be permitted and the celebration of Christmas and New Year festivities will be as per the guidelines issued earlier.
Twitterati, however, reacted in various ways to the flip-flops by the Karnataka government over the issue of night curfew: some questioned the government’s governance while others had a funny take to the move.
. @BJP4Karnataka please tell people, Who is running the Government in Karnataka?
Seeing the flip flops on #NightCurfew, it doesn’t look like @CMofKarnataka is incharge.
— Priyank Kharge / ಪ್ರಿಯಾಂಕ್ ಖರ್ಗೆ (@PriyankKharge) December 24, 2020
— Fantasee ♔ (@philotweepic) December 24, 2020
And then they cancelled #nightcurfew after I cancelled my travel plans 🙄😭😡🤬
— happymi (@happymi_) December 24, 2020
— Ashish Pareek (@pareektweets) December 24, 2020
Liquor sales will be highest this coming year end, as it happens every year, Christmas and new year celebrations.
Night curfew will ruin all the tax collections, which is suppose to happen 😃
— Veerendra Hegde (@hveerendra) December 24, 2020
— ತರ್ಲೆ 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗮 (@BLRrocKS) December 24, 2020
With inputs from PTI, ANI