Weekend curfew impacts normal life

Published on : Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Yesterday, i.e. on Sunday, the city of Mysuru got an empty look due to the weekend curfew in place as a step to stop the COVID-19 spread. Except those in the essential category like dispensing pharmaceuticals, groceries, milk etc, all business establishments were closed.

All attractions including the Chamundi Hills, palace, zoo, rail museum, etc. remained closed. The tourist flow which was slowly increasing after the second wave receded has come to a stop and has impacted the sector massively.

C. Narayana Gowda, Hotel Owners’ Association President, explained that out of 10,300 rooms in different city hotels, only 206 were booked and in recent years, this is the lowest occupancy rate.

The hospitality and tourism sector have questioned the reason behind the weekend curfew. They have pleaded remove this curfew on the grounds that it was negatively impacting daily wagers and people who are economically weak.

Members of Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Federation of Organisations and Associations of Mysore (FOAM) voiced similar views which called upon the Government to rescind the weekend curfew.

Footfall in railway stations dropped as a result of the weekend curfew, compared to the weekdays as not many are travelling. Both outbound and inward passenger movement at Mysuru airport too has registered a dip.

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