Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa has sought permission from the central government to open places of worship and hotels from June 1.
This has been announced a few days before the fourth nationwide lockdown is scheduled to end on May 31. The Karnataka government will also ease restrictions in the state from June 1.
“But for all this, we need permission from the Centre and we are awaiting this,” Yediyurappa said on Wednesday.
Though the state government has already declared that temples, mosques and churches will reopen on June 1, yet they are anticipating for a reply from the Centre.
Compared to other states in the country, Karnataka has asked to resume a larger category of businesses. The reopening of the religious places is to bring back the normalcy of the state and boost its economy.
The state has reported 2,283 COVID-19 cases till now and the graph has surged to a large scale the previous week. A maximum number of cases were linked to those who returned from other states.
According to the data collected, 1,184 cases have domestic travel history while 106 victims returned from abroad. Among them 938 came from Maharashtra, the worst affected state of the country, 57 belong to Gujarat and 51 are from Delhi.