Amid a fresh rise in cases of the virus, Covid-19 norms were reinstated in Karnataka on Friday as the state government brought back the mask mandate. An order was issued by the health commissioner on mandatory usage of masks in public places, education institutions, malls, buses and private vehicles. The order will be implemented with immediate effect.
Furthermore, wearing masks has been mandated in public and private offices, restaurants, hotels, pubs, factories and hostels. The state health department has also been granted the authority to implement the mandate by taking the required action with the support of police and marshals.
The fresh Covid norms come as Karnataka reported 525 fresh cases on Friday, having breached the 400 mark on Thursday. 494 of the new cases reported on Friday were logged in Bengaluru. The state has a total of 3,177 active cases with the majority of them at 3,061 being from Bengaluru.