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Only fully-vaccinated travellers or those with a negative RT-PCR report allowed entry in Goa

In view of rising COVID cases, new pandemic-mandated restrictions were imposed in Goa on Wednesday

In an attempt to eliminate the risk of the emergent Omicron/third wave of coronavirus and rise in cases in the state, the government of Goa has imposed fresh restrictions. As per the order issued by the administration on Wednesday, only fully-vaccinated people or those with a negative RT-PCR report (not older than 72 hours) will be allowed to enter Goa now. Check all the latest pandemic-induced guidelines set by the administration under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 here.

Entertainment zones to operate at 50% pre-COVID capacity

After witnessing a sudden increase in COVID infections in Goa, the administration has decided to take certain emergency measures to curb and contain the spread of this virus. In line with the fresh restrictions, casinos, cinema halls, auditoriums, community halls, river cruises, water parks, entertainment parks will now operate at 50% of their pre-coronavirus capacity. Moreover, only fully-vaccinated people or those possessing a valid negative RT-PCR report, that is not older than 24 hours at the time of entry, will be allowed to enter these places.

Restriction to continue across Goa until further notice

All the places of public amusement including spa, massage parlour, restaurants, bars, gyms, pubs and cinema halls, among others have to strictly adhere to all the stipulated COVID safety protocols including masks, thermal screening and sanitisation at the entry.

The owners or management of these places will be held accountable for violation of any of these rules on the premises. Contravening this order is punishable under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

Notably, the administration hasn't put out any new curbs on schools as an updated set of SOPs will be issued soon by the education department on their behalf. According to the notification issued by the state government, these curbs will remain effective in the state until further notice.

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Satiate your pizza cravings with KnockOFF offers at these 7 places in Lucknow!

Do yourself a favour and give in to that pizza craving for the KnockOFF app is here to help you with the bills!

If your cheat day is near or a flavourful pizza is what's on your mind right now, this list is just for you! Coming to your rescue like always, your very own local recommendations platform is here with yet another important list of places in the city that you most definitely knead to check out if you haven't already!

Here is a list of 7 food joints in Lucknow that offer the yummiest pizzas in the city, tasty enough to make the weirdoughs who don't like pizzas want some. Do yourself a favour and give in to that pizza craving for the KnockOFF app is here to help you with the bills! Just unlock the exclusive deals on the app and enjoy the tastiest pizzas in town.

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The traffic authorities have blocked certain routes and have created major route diversions across the city on Republic Day. The route diversions are said to be effective from 6 AM.

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Goa University postpones final year PG & UG offline exams in wake of COVID rise

The Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, announced to postpone the examinations by three weeks.

Citing the recent hike in COVID cases in the state as a primary concern, the Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, postponed the varsity examinations. According to this announcement, all final year UG and PG offline assessments have been pushed back by three weeks. The Goa University also altered the duration of the term break, preponing it to extend between January 24 to 29, 2022.

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Lucknow charts COVID-19 recovery; fresh case tally sees a dip for second consecutive day

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Pointing towards a recovery trend, fresh infections in Lucknow have dipped for two consecutive days on Monday, bringing a huge respite to the city. Around 1,818 new coronavirus cases were reported here on January 24, down from 2,326 cases on Sunday and 2660 on Saturday. With 2402 recoveries, the healing wave surged stronger than the daily transmission load, adding to the pandemic relief here. However, a single virus-related fatality indicated that the COVID threat has not completely subsided.

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DGCA extends suspension of international passenger flights in India till February 28

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