Goa: As COVID-19 circumstances rise, casinos, cinema halls to function with 50 per cent capability

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By PTI

PANAJI: Amid a spike in COVID-19 circumstances in Goa, the government on Wednesday issued an order permitting casinos to function with 50 per cent capability with entry restricted to people who find themselves absolutely vaccinated or these carrying a damaging RT-PCR check report and put related curbs and circumstances at another institutions, together with cinema halls and leisure parks.

Goa has seen a sudden spike in COVID-19 circumstances over the past couple of days with 170 infections being reported on Wednesday.

State Revenue Secretary Sanjay Kumar within the order acknowledged that casinos, cinema halls, auditoriums, group halls, river cruises, water parks and leisure parks can’t function past 50 per cent of the seating capability.

Only people who find themselves absolutely vaccinated and possess a certificates of each doses with 15 days hole for the reason that administration of the second dose can be allowed to enter casinos, the order acknowledged.

If not a vaccination certificates, individuals ought to furnish a damaging RT-PCR check report not older than 24 hours from the time of entry, it mentioned.

The order additional directed spas, therapeutic massage parlours, eating places, pubs, bar halls, auditoriums, gyms, marriage venues, cinema halls, river cruises, water parks and leisure parks, amongst others, to stick to all COVID-19 security protocols, together with use of masks, hand sanitisers and thermal screening.

The state government has made house owners, managers, licensees and organisers accountable for the enforcement of the rules, together with making mandatory preparations for verification of vaccination certificates and check studies.

Meanwhile, the order additionally talked about that faculties might reopen “subject to the separate SOPs to be issued on behalf of the Education Department”.

Interstate motion can be permitted just for people who find themselves absolutely vaccinated or for these coming into Goa for medical emergencies or for individuals carrying COVID-19 damaging certificates issued 72 hours earlier than arrival, it mentioned.

In case of inter-state items automobiles, two drivers and a helper can be allowed to enter Goa in every automobile after subjecting them to thermal screening, it was acknowledged.

Goa on Wednesday reported 170 COVID-19 circumstances, up from 112 a day earlier, resulting in state well being minister Vishwajit Rane asking the Directorate of Health Services and GMCH to convene an emergency assembly to debate the scenario and discover options.

“In view of the rising COVID-19 cases, there has been a significant jump from 112 (28th December) to 170 today, similar to the rise that occurred in April-May 2021. I have suggested to Dir. DHS and Dean GMC to convene an emergency meeting with expert doctors to suggest measures,” he tweeted.

It would permit the state government to take applicable motion in mild of the growing variety of circumstances, he mentioned.

As on Wednesday, the state has 657 energetic circumstances.

Earlier within the day, Chief minister Pramod Sawant mentioned solely those that have been absolutely vaccinated or have a latest COVID-19 damaging report can be allowed to enter eating places and so on.