Following chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s announcement on further relaxing the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in several districts of Karnataka including Bengaluru, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited on Saturday, 19th June 2021 said that Namma metro services will be resumed in the city from Monday, 21 June.
However, the metro services will be shut on weekends owing to the weekend curfew still imposed in the state and the capital city.
“Namma metro services to resume from June 21 on weekdays from Monday to Friday. Metro train services will not be available on Saturday & Sunday due to weekend curfew,” the BMRC said in a statement.
The Chief Minister made it clear that easing the curbs should not be taken to mean that there has been a drastic reduction in infections. “Easing restrictions should not be perceived as COVID-19 infections have reduced drastically. The relaxation has been given because people are in distress, business activities have stopped, and livelihoods has become difficult,” Yediyurappa said.
He urged people to ensure this relaxation was a success by wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and hand hygiene. The COVID-19 restrictions were imposed from April 27 when the daily infections breached the 50,000 mark. When the cases did not come down, the government imposed a lockdown from May 10, allowing sale of essential goods from 6 AM to 10 AM.
It eased restrictions on June 11, allowing shops selling essential commodities from 6 AM to 2 PM after the number of cases started declining. Karnataka on Saturday recorded 5,815 fresh coronavirus cases as per the health department.