As the tourism season is about to begin this year the state of Goa has some new procedures in place for the tourists coming down from the various parts of India. What are the New SOPs and what you should know before making your travel plans, let us take a look in this article
As the festival of Diwali is just got over and the new years is approaching the flow of the domestic tourists is sure to grow. to make sure that there should not be any spike in the Covid cases while tourists from all over the country starts arriving in Goa.
The state health minister Vishwajit Rane have decided to draw the new SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for the Hotels wherein they will have to allocate one room for the isolation incase any of their guests turn out to be Covid positive.
After a meeting with the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today, the Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane spoke to reporters where he threw light on new SOPs for the tourist season. He made it quite clear that there wouldn’t be a ban on any tourists arriving into the state during new year season.
“We are in the process of issuing the guidelines for the hotel which will make it mandatory to have one room as an Isolation Room in each of their property,” he said while talking about the government drawing new SOPs for hotels. He also said that the borders would remain open for guests as the season has already begun.
With the new SOP which will be circulated to hotels, they will be required to keep an Isolation Room in which if a guest has tested positive without symptoms can isolate, in the premises of the hotel.
In light of the Covid-19 virus infection and treatment he said that there is consistent monitoring of patients who are in home isolation which has in turn resulted in lower number of mortality cases.
“We don’t get patients in a breathless stage at any more as we are monitoring health condition of each and every patient in home isolation,” he added.
As he continued, he brought up the health infrastructure in Goa which was called ‘poor’ by AAP leader Raghav Chadha, who is currently in the state. Rane went as far as offering a tour of the state run Goa Medical College and Hospital to prove the health infrastructure placed by the Goa government is quite robust.
“I have a friend whose father stays in Delhi, he had to go out of Delhi to take covid treatment as there are no beds available there. People in Delhi have to pay for their treatment while Goa is the only state which provides completely free treatment for COVID-19,” Rane said.
“There are some people who come here and tell us stories. They want to establish base of their party in Goa. We have seen what base they have during last election,” Rane said indirectly referring to AAP.