The Karnataka government has decided to extend the deadline for closing bars and restaurants in Bangalore city by two hours — to 1 a.m. — during weekends. The relaxation is restricted to Fridays and Saturdays. However, licensed eateries can remain open till 1 a.m. on all days of the week within the limits of the Bangalore City Police Commissionerate.

Making the announcement, Home Minister K.J. George said the relaxation would be implemented on an experimental basis for three months. “We will review the decision after three months.”

Earlier, bars and restaurants were allowed to remain open till 11 p.m.

There is no extension in timings for wine shops.

On account of changing lifestyles and working hours, several civic organisations and prominent citizens of the city had demanded a relaxation in the timings. While there was a demand for relaxation on all seven days, the government decided to implement it only during the weekend. Mr. George clarified that the decision was not influenced by the excise or business lobby. He, however, warned that the “relaxation in closing timings should not be misused. Stringent action will be taken against owners of bars and restaurants who violate the guidelines.”