Goa

Sunburn launched its first-ever bespoke beach club experience- the Sunburn Beach Club in Goa, which offers a panoramic view of the sea and is just a short drive away from Panjim. The perfect place to unwind after a long week, the Sunburn Beach Club offers comfort amidst the lap of nature, with an expansive sky deck, luxurious indoor lounges, a sundeck and a stunning pool deck. The club is a blend of contemporary and sophistication with a picturesque view and every corner here screams luxury.

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Cracking the whip on tourists who aren't adhering to the issued COVID protocol of wearing a face mask and argue against civic authorities, the mayor of Panjim stated on Monday, that police will henceforth accompany officials enforcing the norm. The errant tourists will be photographed and fined. The mayor added that the decision was taken after reports, that certain tourists became abusive towards the Panaji Municipal Corporation officials, especially those visiting the iconic Immaculate Conception Church in the state capital.

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In an order issued in Goa on Saturday, the authorities have permitted all cinema halls, swimming pools, gatherings for religious, social, cultural, educational, entertainment and sports events to resume, under the strict surveillance of a preventive standard operating procedure. The directive details that all swimming pools can operate for training and sports purposes, whereas, cinema halls and all other events in Goa will function at half the potential capacity of the venue.

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The new South Goa district hospital will soon be upgraded into state-of-the-art COVID health facility, that will have modern medical facilities and tools along with ICUs and OTs. With excellent patient reviews about treatment facilities, doctors, attending staff, hygiene maintenance alike, the state is all set to boost the strengths of the hospital to shoulder the caseload with prime defence.

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Wildly popular for being the party hub of India, Goa has a lot more in store for its tourists than just the beaches and casinos! If you are someone who is planning a trip to the coastal state for the first time or somebody who frequently chills at the beautiful Goa beaches, you need to look at Goa from an all new lens this holiday season!

The state has so much to offer than the usual beach/club hopping and this list of 7 offbeat activities will help you cover all that!

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Goa will not be conducting any coronavirus test for travel purposes and those willing to get tested can get it done by paying the charges at district hospitals. The decision was taken after a surge in test requests by people from Maharashtra, who have been staying or holidaying here, since their state has made RT-PCR negative report mandatory for people coming in from Goa.

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Air India's subsidiary, Alliance Air, is all set to begin direct flights from Mumbai to Goa and vice versa, December 4 onwards. The decision was taken by the airlines in an effort to expand its presence and also to provide convenience to passengers, especially during the festive season. The airline has assured that the team will be following all the government guidelines and SOPs, pertaining to the pandemic.

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Organised by badminton enthusiasts, the Enthu Cutlets Carnival will be the first offline sporting event in Goa since the coronavirus induced lockdown. The national-level senior badminton event will host about 200 participants from across the country at Goa's Panaji. All matches of this event will be scheduled at the Campal Indoor stadium in the state capital from November 25 to November 29. A member of the core organising committee has stated that the matches will be conducted in compliance to the state established COVID-19 protocols.

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The Goa government, last month, released an action plan to back the agriculture and animal husbandry sector, under its 'Aatmanirbhar' plan. There are a set of initiatives under the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat Swayampurna Goa programme' (ABSGP), which is inclusive of promoting dairy and poultry farming. The scheme also talks about keeping a check on wild animals and cattle at agriculture fields. Further, to facilitate the growth of farmers in the state, crop insurance and fencing will be made available.

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The Goan government is taking all the steps possible, to make sure that people follow the social distancing norms and comply with the rules set out to arrest the spread of the coronavirus infection. On Monday, the Chief Minister announced that the fine for not wearing masks in public places in Goa has been doubled from ₹100 to ₹200. Besides these, the state is also establishing various precautions, preventive protocols and SOPs against the COVID-19 spread in view of the expected raised influx of tourists and migrant workers in the coming weeks.

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BMC has issued COVID-19 guidelines for passengers traveling by air to Mumbai from Delhi-NCR, Goa, Rajasthan and Gujarat, in an effort to curb the spread of the contagious virus. Now, these travelers will have to mandatorily carry a covid-negative (RT-PCR) report while travelling via flight. A sudden surge in the COVID-19 cases in the national capital and other states, has compelled Mumbai's civic body, BMC, to issue an advisory to Mumbai International Airport, for the effective implementation of latest guidelines for passengers.

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