COVID-19: Night time curfew probably in Goa in view of vacationer surge, says minister

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COVID-19: Night time curfew probably in Goa in view of vacationer surge, says minister

The Goa authorities is more likely to impose night time curfew within the state on the strains of Delhi to forestall the unfold of COVID-19, a state minister stated on Thursday. Well being Minister Vishwajit Rane, nevertheless, didn’t specify when its implementation is more likely to begin.

He stated that he has mentioned the problem with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

“I’ve spoken to the chief minister on imposing night time curfew within the state on strains of the state of Delhi and Karnataka. The file is already within the course of,” Rane stated in an announcement.

“Strict customary working procedures (SOPs) is the necessity of the hour as Goa is a vacationer state,” he added.

The minister stated that he obtained a letter from the Union Well being Secretary, which requested every state authorities to make sure that SOPs and strict protocols are laid down contemplating the coronavirus scenario on the native degree.

“Since Goa is a vacationer state, it’s crucial to have strict SOPs in place, in order that we’re capable of maintain the tourism actions as per the COVID-19 pointers,” he stated.

A senior well being division official in Goa stated that the Union Well being Ministry despatched a letter to the state authorities on Thursday, asking it impose the curbs.

Within the letter, Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan known as for a strict vigil in Goa to curb all potential “tremendous spreader” occasions and locations the place crowds could collect to have a good time the New Yr.

It additionally referred to its earlier communication whereby it had stated that states and Union Territories could impose restrictions, akin to night time curfew, on the native degree primarily based on their evaluation of the scenario to comprise the unfold of COVID-19.

“Nevertheless, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state motion of individuals and items. In view of the matter, you might promptly assess the native scenario and think about imposition of acceptable restrictions on 30th, 31st December and 1st January, 2021,” the letter says.

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