In a bid to maintain its grip over the controlled COVID cases in the state, the Goa government has extended the ongoing curfew restrictions till September 6. While the statewide curfew was imposed for the first time on May 9, the territorial administration has rolled out repetitive extensions since then, to mitigate the possibility of a revived acceleration in cases. Further, the state authorities had permitted cinema halls and multiplexes to operate at 50% capacity, last Sunday.
Casinos, auditoriums, schools & other centres to remain shut
As per reports, the ongoing restraints will be functional for another week and no relaxations were announced this time. Though a number of centres have been reopened in the state through the past few weeks, casinos, auditoriums, river cruises, spa and massage parlours continue to remain closed. Further, schools up to class 12 will also stay shut, as of now.
Reportedly, the state officials had allowed colleges, coaching centres and educational institutions to conduct physical classes, from August 15. Besides, entertainment, political, social, and marriage functions are permitted in the state, with up to 50% of the hall capacity. While bars and restaurants are allowed to operate till 11 PM at 50% capacity, the authorities have also executed a string of relaxations for the weekly markets.
Additionally, gymnasiums and swimming pools are allowed to function at 50% capacity and indoor and outdoor sports complexes (without spectators) can also operate. It is noteworthy that the administration has mandated the presence of a COVID negative report for all travellers coming from Kerala.
Goa COVID update
With 74 new cases and 79 recoveries marked on Sunday, active COVID tallies in Goa have shrunk to a count of 945 patients. While a cumulative total of 1,73,791 individuals have been affected by the virus in the territory, 3,195 of these have succumbed to the fatal contagion.