Goa being a tourist hub for both national and international tourists is also a place where the spread of the COVID can reach throughout India and the world. With India’s rising number of COVID cases, Goa has also witnessed a significant surge in its active cases.
To combat the spread of the virus, Goa will be imposing a 15-day lockdown which strict conditions starting today (9th May). The government has also announced that the tourists coming from outside Goa will have to carry a COVID negative test report with them or a Vaccine certificate.
According to the new announcement, the following are the details of what facilities/services will remain open.
- All the Pharmacies, Grocery shops, and small Liquor shops are allowed to open from 7 am until 1 pm.
- All clinics, hospitals, veterinary hospitals, and medical facilities will remain open.
- ATMs, Banks, and financial institutions will remain open.
On the other hand, the following services/facilities will remain closed during the lockdown period.
- Restaurants / Cafés
- Auditoriums / Community Halls
- Stadiums / Cinema Halls / Swimming Pools
- Malls / Multiplexes / Theatres
- Schools / Universities / Educational Institutions
The government also banned large socials and religious gatherings. The Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Pramod Sawant said that there is an adequate supply of essential life support equipment in the hospitals. He also acknowledged that there is a huge surge of new COVID-19 infections in Goa. As of today, there are nearly 4000 new COVID-19 cases that have been reported in Goa.