The month of August begins the festival season with many festivals lined up during this month and the next the fear of third-wave grips the state and hence the state government has decided to enforce restrictions on the people entering Goa during the festive season. Read here…
Ganesh Chaturthi is approaching the state is getting ready for handling the situation that may arise during the festival time. Goa government has laid down new restrictions for the people planning to visit Goa during the Ganesh Festival that is beginning next month.
After witnessing the surge in covid-19 cases, with the number of active cases that has climbed to 992 including 97 new cases, the government of Goa decided to form new SOPs and asked the local people to keep maintaining precautions.
Goa was forced to take strict action after more than 90 new cases were recorded on Monday. The revised government order mentioned that casinos, river cruises, waterparks, spas, halls, and multiplexes would remain closed until further announcement. No. of people attending any event cannot be more than 100 or 50% of the hall capacity.
Due to the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in Kerala, states like Goa, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu made it compulsory for their visitors to produce a negative RT-PCR report. The previously accepted rapid antigen test report will now no longer be valid to enter the state.
With the approaching days of festivals, the fear of an increase in Covid-19 cases cannot be overlooked. Hence, CM Pramod Sawant advised the general population to adopt precautions during the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi festivities.
“We have to take precautions for the upcoming festivals too. We will be issuing an SOP as a state government, after taking inputs from Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav organizers. We should celebrate festivals in such a way that large crowds do not gather,” he also said.
“At present, I can say only one thing, Covid is still on. Even today the positivity rate in Goa is 1.9 to two percent. There are one to two deaths. We need to take precautions,” the Chief Minister told reporters in Panaji.
He also said that he would arrange to provide special SOPs for the festival season, ensuring that a minimum number of people are exposed to the virus.