Goa further extends lockdown till 24May, casinos to remain shut

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With the proliferating number of Covid-19 cases, Goa has further extended lockdown by another two weeks, which is till 7 AM on 24May. The restriction imposed by the game will remain same   exception for the essential service providers only.

Goa has imposed curfew mode since 29 April, since then all non-essential services, including hotels, restaurants, entertainment parks, bars, and casinos, have been ordered to remain shut. Maintaining the same , further new rule imposed by the government, the non-residents entering Goa will have to carry a COVID-19 negative or a vaccination certificate to curb the entrance of the Covid+ cases.

The step has been taken after a huge surge of Covid+ cases were noticed. Reportedly as of last Thursday, Goa has the highest number of daily tally of 3,869 positive COVID-19 cases in a single day. The next day, chief minister Pramod Sawant announced the government’s decision to extend the statewide curfew till 23 May.

Talking to media following a video-conferenced meeting with MLAs, Sawant underlined the state’s COVID situation – “The positivity rate and death rate are increasing in the state. There is no shortage of oxygen and medicines in the state.”

Apart from Goa the casinos in Sikkim have also closed down after the state government imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC. 5 PM to 9 AM night curfew  has been imposed in the state till 16May.

The extended closure will see downward curve on the financials of the casino industry in India as both the states are on lockdown mode. India`s biggest casino operator Delta Corp has had to close down all of its casinos in both Sikkim and Goa, resulting in its stock price dropping over 3.50 per cent in the last five trading sessions.