The Chief minister of Goa Dr Pramod Sawant made an announcement before the media that all the offshore and onshore casinos will be resumed in Goa from the Monday, 20th September.
The announcement came following the Goa Police raid on the illegal casino operating from the Hotel in south Goa.
The Government also made it clear that all the Casinos will strictly adhere to the strict Covid-19 guidelines.
According to the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant, who chaired the Task Force Committee meeting, the new relaxations for the casinos has been brought into the force following several recommendations and falling down Covid positivity rate in the state of Goa.
Speaking with the media following the task force meeting CM Sawant said that the Task Force has reviewed the positivity rate in the state for past two weeks and came to the conclusion that it has come down to mere two percent.
“The Task Force Committee have already assessed the Covid-19 positivity rate in the state and decided to resume the economical activities related to the tourism and hence we have decided to allow the casino business from Monday,” he said.
According to the Chief Minister, Casinos will begin its operations from coming Monday with just 50 percent capacity and they will have to adhere to the strict Covid Protocols.
“Only those who are fully vaccinated or carrying the RT-PCR negative certificates will be allowed to enter the Casinos,” CM Sawant told the media.
Besides Casinos, the state government has also decided to allow the SPAs, Massage Parlours, River Cruises and other such activities to carry on their operations in the state from Monday onwards.
“We are allowing the Casinos, SPAs, Massage Parlours and other such activities to resume but the ban on the EDM Festivals and the Night Clubs will continue till further notice,” he said.
Meanwhile, when the reporters asked CM about resumption of the Schools and Colleges, he said that his government has constituted the Expert Committee and they will take call on this.
There is no doubt that with the resumption of the Casinos flow of tourist will boost which will help the buying tourism industry in the state, but will that bring its bad effects also along with it, only time will decide. What is your opinion on this??