Hotel Owners’ Association decries weekend curfew in Mysuru district

Prime News, Karnataka, Hotel Industry, Health, Disease, Mysuru  August 7:- Just before normalcy could be restored in this part of the state, the sudden decision of the Karnataka government to declare weekend curfew in some of the border districts has come as a rude shock to the people.

In view of the spike in coronavirus cases in the neighbouring states, the Basavaraj Bommai government issued an order on Friday (August 6). The curfew, which came into force on Friday night (August 6), will be effective till 5 Monday morning. Though the buses were plying normally, the commuters were lesser in numbers. People are allowed to buy essentials till 2 pm only.  Only takeaway service is allowed in hotels. The entry to Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysuru has also been banned during the weekends.

The Hotel Owners’ Association of Mysuru has condemned the state government decision.

Association president C Narayan Gowda said “There are some 1,500 hotels in Mysuru city and district with 25,000 employees. We were just recovering from the lockdown and the sudden decision of the government has come as a shock to all of us. Lockdown alone is no solution for controlling the Covid-19 pandemic. They need to look at other alternatives.”

“The government decision to impose weekend restrictions in the eight border districts of Karnataka has also affected retail businesses. Employees of small shops and showrooms face another cut in their salaries. The poor and middle class people are in serious financial crisis and the government is busy with the political melodrama in Karnataka,” say the citizens.

Mysuru Deputy Commissioner Dr Bagadi Gautham said “Strict measures are in place at the Kerala border. Travellers are being screened at Bavali Check-Post in H D Kote of Mysuru district. Extra care has been taken at tourist spots in the district.” (MR/KS)

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