Bengaluru, April 07, 2020: In what will come as a relief to confectionary, sweet and bakery items manufacturers, retail units and customers, the Karnataka government has allowed the re-opening of these units.
A circular issued by Rajendar Kumar Kataria, the State Nodal Officer of Essential Commodities and Supply Chain Management says that a Central government notification on March 24, “has permitted the’ functioning of food units engaged in bakery and biscuit, condiments, confectionery and sweet for manufacturing, supply and operating retail outlets with minimum staff and labour’.
The circular says that bakery products and related items are being consumed by patients elderly people, children and the general public, which is the rationale behind allowing these units to function as essential commodities.
Since the lockdown was announced, Karnataka has allowed only grocery stores and medical shops to operate. It has strictly banned the use of two and four wheelers. However, with this circular reiterating the Centre’s stand, bakery units will be allowed to function for the rest of the lockdown period.Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 12 new cases of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total number of people infected in the state to 163. Seven of these fresh cases were reported in Mysuru.
Courtesy:The News Minute