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Goa: Night curfew, restaurants and casinos at half capacity

Besides the 10 pm-6 am curfew, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said tourist attractions such as a restaurants and casinos will run at 50 per cent capacity.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | Porvorim (goa) |
Updated: April 22, 2021 5:39:36 am
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A day after registering 26 Covid-19 deaths, its highest single-day figure, the Goa government Wednesday announced several restrictions including a night curfew till April 30.

Besides the 10 pm-6 am curfew, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said tourist attractions such as a restaurants and casinos will run at 50 per cent capacity. Even past 10 pm, these establishments are allowed to run as long as their patrons stay on their premises and do not crowd on the road or in public spaces.

Attendance at weddings will be limited to a maximum of 50 people and not more than 20 people would be allowed for last rites.

On Wednesday, Goa, India’s smallest state and a hugely popular tourist destination, had 9,300 active cases of which 1,502 cases were new. Seventeen deaths were reported on Wednesday, including that of a 27-year-old man with comorbidities.

Citing a “sudden spike of Covid-19 in the state”, Sawant said no gathering will be allowed from 10 pm to 6 am. He clarified that vehicles transporting essential items, groceries, milk and other such items will be allowed to ply in the night, along with emergency medical services. Sawant asked the people to stay at home and not step out needlessly.

Sawant clarified that there was no reason to panic because this was not a lockdown. Shops, malls, chemists, establishments will remain open every day and there was no need for panic buying or stocking groceries, he said.

He said the restrictions will be reviewed on April 30. Section 144 of the CrPC that prohibits the gathering of more than five people was invoked all over the state on Wednesday.

“We just do not want people to come out in large numbers after 10 pm that is why we have imposed these restrictions,” Sawant said.

Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed except for offline examinations of college students. Class XII and Class X examinations to be held by the state education board starting April 24 have been postponed. The Chief Minister said that the new dates will be announced at least 15 days before the date of the examination. Swimming pools have been shut down and no social, political, sports or cultural gatherings will be allowed. Sports clubs in the state have been asked to cancel their tournaments scheduled in this period.

Establishments like casinos, bars, restaurants, river cruise, water parks, entertainment parks, gymnasiums, spa, massage parlours, cinema halls, multiplexes and public transport buses will be allowed to run at 50 per cent capacity. Section 144 of the CrPC will be “strictly implemented” at places including beaches.

The district administration will take action against those violating these restrictions under section 188 of the IPC that pertains to disobedience of an order duly promulgated by a public servant. The section attracts simple imprisonment of up to one month or a fine of Rs 200 or both.

Places of worship like temples, mosques, churches and mutts have been asked not to hold mass gatherings. Any kind of collective prayer should be held virtually.

Five municipal councils will go to polls on April 23 with all Covid-19 restrictions like wearing masks, social distancing and use of sanitisers. Government and private offices have both been asked to encourage work from home.

There will be no restrictions on industries, including manufacturing or pharma, Sawant said.

Late on Wednesday, Sawant visited the Keri Check post to take stock of entry of vehicles from outside Goa. The Goa government will monitor vehicles entering the state for 24 hours and take a decision on whether or not it should seek a Covid negative report from those entering the state, officials said.

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