New Delhi: As part of lockdown easing under ‘unlock 1.0’, the Karnataka government on Thursday permitted state transport buses to operate even during the night curfew hours 9 pm to 5 am. Further, autos, taxis and cabs have also been given permission to operate during these hours for picking commuting passengers from pickup points or bus stands. Also Read - Karnataka Tourism Minister CT Ravi Tests COVID-19 Positive After Three Swab Rounds

Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar in an order said, state transport corporations (BMTC, KSRTC, NEKRTC and NWKRTC) buses have been allowed to operate during night curfew hours from 9 pm to 5 am. Also Read - Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Over 28,000 Cases, 500 Deaths in Last 24 Hrs; Total Cases in India Exceed 8.7 Lakh

On the basis of their bus tickets, passengers would be allowed to commute to bus stand or from there to home, in accordance with the COVID-19 control measures, SOPs and other guidelines, it said. Also Read - Karnataka COVID News: Cases in State May Double in Next 15-30 Days, Health Minister Sounds Warning Bells

Earlier, the government had revised the night curfew time from the previous 7 pm-7 am to 9 pm-5 am, and said the movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am throughout the state, except for essential activities.

The government has also said that jungle lodges and resorts, also private organisations providing similar facilities, along with activities they provide like safari, trekking among others would be permitted from June 8, in compliance with the guidelines and SOP issued and following
the social distancing norms.

Meanwhile, Karnataka on Thursday reported 257 new cases of COVID-19 and four related fatalities, taking the total number of infections in the state to 4,320 and toll to 57.