Goa government approves resumption of river cruises & watersports with a proper SOP in place

Tourist activities resume in Goa with a 'safety and hygiene guide'.

The tourist hub of India, Goa, is all set re-start watersports activities with the approval of the state government. The new order was announced on Friday in direct response to the memorandum from the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) to the governmental authorities.

Tourists can now enjoy watersports in Goa, once again!

While the state cabinet had approved an SOP authorised operations of hotels and other venues of accommodation for travellers, in month of June, tourist activities still awaited a green signal. These activities of river cruises and watersports account for star attractions for people visiting Goa, especially domestic tourists.

The TTAG has also drafted a detailed set of operating guidelines for the two sport activities which were revealed by the Tourism Director on Friday. Thermal screenings for river cruises have been made mandatory and only asymptomatic tourists will be allowed to indulge in the fun and frolic of the same. Other safety measures of sanitisations and social distancing have also been listed. All tourists will be asked to self sanitise with the disinfectants and sanitisers provided at the entry points. Marking will ensure that the seating arrangements on the jetty honour the social distancing norms. Exiting will be staggered to avoid overcrowding.

Besides this, boat occupancies have also been restricted at 50% of absolute potential. Here also, the seating arrangements will have to ensure that there is an optimum safe distance between the people.

Knock Knock

With an economy that is primarily tourist-oriented, this relaxation has come as a boon to the hospitality and adventure-sport industries of Goa which were de-based by the raging coronavirus pandemic. With a complete adherence to the SOP, the state of Goa may succeed in re-starting all tourist services with full potential, while controlling and preventing the surge of COVID-19 infection.

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