Malls, theaters likely to open from July 5

Malls, theaters likely to open from July 5

Bengaluru: State government is likely to give a nod for the opening of malls, theaters, indoor and outdoor stadiums across the state from July 5. 

The government has already permitted to open swimming pools, gyms, clubs, and outdoor shootings. However, it has not allowed opening multiplex theaters and malls. 

There is much pressure on the state government from the film industry to open theaters since it has permitted to open all other commercial establishments in the state. 

After taking the opinion from the technical advisory committee on Covid, the government will decide for unlock3.0 measures. Sources in the government said that it will lift lockdown remaining districts and relax the weekend and night curfew from July 5. 

However, BBMP Special commissioner Gaurav Gupta has not in favor of opening theaters. According to him, people have to sit in a closed room for two and half hours. The government will take a call to open theaters in the state, he said. 

It is easy to tell open to all activities. Still, after unlock, there is a chance to spread coronavirus, he said and added that government would consider lifting night and weekend curfew in Bengaluru. 

Read: State govt announces complete unlock in 16 districts, partial in 13 districts

If the government decides to continue with the night curfew, the current time will be extended to malls and other business activities. 

If the positive rate is below 5 %, then the expert committee will suggest unlocking 3.0, opening all kinds of business activities, including opening theaters. Health and Family welfare minister K.Sudhakar tweeted that Karnataka falls to third place in the country in active coronavirus cases.