Party-loving state Goa to shed its tag momentarily as the state restricts nightlife, courtesy COVID-19. By Presha Mahajan
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Ports, Science and Technology Minister of Goa, Michael Lobo, clarified his intentions of keeping the famous and much-missed Goa nightlife shut till the severity of COVID-19 reduces in the country. He does not intend on resuming the same until the situation is brought under control.
Although the state received a major economic blow due to the pandemic, and will likely take an entire year to recover and return to normalcy, the BJP leader emphasised the need to save people’s lives during a time like this. “Goa is a world-famous destination for its nightlife. The nightlife has been shut down [due to COVID-19 curbs] and I feel that it should continue to remain closed till the COVID-19 situation in the country comes under control,” said Lobo to Hindustan Times. He also stressed on the importance of being careful, since many have lost their close friends and family to the virus.
Earlier this year, Goa saw a surge in tourists with thousands fleeing to the coastal state for a getaway. However, it came under fire when people were seen defying and disregarding COVID-19 safety protocols.
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As a representative of the Calangute Assembly, Lobo suggested gradual unlocking of the state. As and when tourism recommences in a phased manner, stringent regulations will need to be adhered to. Additionally, hotel guests will be asked to furnish a COVID-19 negative report, with a promise to abide by and follow all safety precautions.
Although the dire situation seems to be ameliorating in the state, people are still prone to risk as many patients continue to survive on ventilators. The fatality rate is still fragile, and efforts need to be made to keep it low.
According to The Times of India, State Chief Minister Pramod Sawant says, “We will vaccinate 100 per cent of the state’s population within a short span of time, including those people working in the tourism sector. Once we do this, Goa will emerge as a safe tourist destination and then definitely people will prefer to come to the state.”
Editor’s Note: Keeping the current situation of the pandemic in mind, T+L India recommends every reader to stay safe, and take all government-regulated precautions in case travel at this time is absolutely necessary. Please follow our stories on COVID-19 for all the latest travel guidelines.
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