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Sudden police raids to verify nighttime curfew violation blow restaurants

Over the past two days, Central Division police have struggled to book hotels in violation of covid standards and nighttime curfew rules. Ashok Nagar Police have reserved five restaurants, including a bar and restaurant, and High Grounds Police have reserved approximately 10 restaurants under the Karnataka Epidemic Disease Law, 2020 and penalized them all.

Restaurants like Empire, Imperial, and Magic of the Kababs and many more were taken aback by surprise police raids Thursday night on their premises and kitchens – which was well before the curfew closing time (9 p.m.), restaurant owners said Bangalore mirror. They checked the premises and booked the restaurant’s cashiers under the Karnataka Epidemic Disease Act for failing to follow covid standards like social distancing and not closing the restaurant at 9 p.m. – the time at which the nighttime curfew begins.

Around 14 hotels in the Central business district (CBD) were checked Thursday evening and most were booked for violating covid standards.

Hotel owners told this newspaper that the unprecedented police action was some sort of exercise after news of two explosions hit the town – one at a transport hub in Chamrajpet, killing two people and the other in an apartment complex that killed two women. “We followed all covid standards, including the use of gloves, masks and the practice of social distancing for our customers at each point of sale. We close our premises at 9:30 pm, which the police have given as a 30-minute grace period to complete, ”said Hussain, owner of a well-known restaurant in Ashok Nagar.

We have suffered enough losses from the pandemic. This kind of police drill causes more harm

-A restaurateur

“All these days we have followed the same security measures and the cops are aware of it. We also work with every precaution in accordance with covid standards and our kitchen, including LPG gas connections, is installed in accordance with fire safety protocols and FSSAI standards, ”said Mujahedin another hotel manager. “We have suffered enough losses in our business due to the pandemic and this type of drills and drills only further hurt our business which is now slowly starting to recover as our customers will think twice before come to our house next time if the police raids continue like this, ”said another hotel owner.

Deputy Police Commissioner (DCP) Central Division MN Anucheth told Bangalore Mirror that police received complaints of open and functional restaurants even after the grace period (9:30 p.m.) during the nighttime curfew in place, so surprise checks were carried out and around 14 restaurants were been booked for violating covid protocols.

“Some establishments feel like they are exempt from nighttime curfews, so we had to crack the whip. Anucheth added.


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