The nationwide lockdown is supposed to end on the 4th of May 2020 and Goa is one of the first states to get back into the business. Meanwhile, due to the no visible cases of Coronavirus in the state, the government had already allowed the resumption of non-essential goods shops and other businesses. Although most of the business and other activities had resumed in the state the Gymnasiums, Swimming Pools, Spa Salon, Casinos & nightclubs remain shut till the further notice.
According to the sources, All the gymnasiums, cinema theatres, public swimming pools, resorts, casinos, spa and massage parlours/salons, river cruises, night clubs, and multiplexes will remain shut till further orders, according to Goa government on Saturday.
The announcement in this regards came following the approval of the Home Affairs Ministry to open the non-essential goods shops amid the lockdown but with several conditions.
According to the Home Ministry, “In urban areas, all standalone shops, neighbourhood shops and shops in residential complexes are allowed to open. Shops in markets, market complexes and shopping malls are not allowed to open.”
In rural areas, all shops except those in shopping malls are allowed to open.”The shops in areas which have been declared as containment zones by respective States/ UTs, will not be permitted to open in rural or urban areas,” added the ministry.
The Ministry has also clarified that sale of liquor and other items continue to be prohibited as specified in the national directives for COVID-19 management.
The order further states, “It is clarified by the ministry that sale by e-commerce companies will continue to be permitted only for essential goods.”
There are possibilities that even the post lockdown the above services may not resume to avoid any possibilities of spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on March 24 announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown was later extended till May 3.
All services, including public transport, schools, colleges and shopping malls, have been closed so as to stop the transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus. The Central government is gradually easing the restrictions which have been put in place.
Source: Live Mint