Goa extends lockdown till 10May, casinos to remain shut

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With the rising number of Covid-19 cases, Goa has imposed further restrictions asking casinos, bars, sports complexes, river cruises, gyms, schools, colleges and weekly markets to remain closed from 6 am on 3May till 7 am on 10May, exception for the essential service providers only.

Goa, the country’s casino hub, reported 54 deaths as of Monday which is apparently  highest single-day toll during the pandemic so far.  Adding to that 2,303 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours, however, the health ministry has claimed that 14 prior deaths were included in Saturday’s list due to a “technical glitch”. However, with out taking any chance the state government  has extended the weekend lockdown in Goa by another week.

Reiterating the same, the North Goa District Magistrate issued an order to casinos and other establishments stating – “A surge in COVID-19 cases is being witnessed in Goa and other parts of the country, and the situation might further aggravate due to public gatherings and active interactions among high positivity rate.”

Last year Goa casinos had to remain shut for over seven months last year, starting mid-March in 2020 and only it get to reopen on 1November. Even after reopening, the casinos had to function at a maximum of 50per cent capacity as part of the COVID-19 restrictions. Soon after in 21 April the government imposed night curfew ordering venues to remain closed from 10 PM to 6 AM. Since Casinos were among the most affected business establishments since they experience the highest traffic at night.