The Goa government on Saturday extended the ongoing state-wide curfew till June 7 to contain the spread of Covid-19.
In an order dated May 29, the state government said that due to the recent surge in Covid cases in Goa and elsewhere in the country, there are sufficient grounds to continue with the preventative steps to restrict public gatherings and activities announced earlier this month.
The ongoing curfew was ending on May 31. However, the order stated, should the restrictions be eased at this point in time, there’s a likelihood that the situation might further aggravate, leading to more cases in the state with an unusually high Covid positivity rate.
CM Sawant had imposed curfew in Goa from May 9 to May 23, amid a steep surge in Covid cases in the state. The curfew was later extended to May 31.ADVERTISEMENT
Stores selling essential items, grocery shops, and liquor stores are allowed to stay open from 7 am to 1 pm during the curfew period, while medical stores and restaurant kitchens are allowed to function from 7 am to 7 pm.
In accordance with the earlier guidelines issued by the Goa government, all casinos, bars, sports complex, auditoriums, community halls, swimming pools, cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes will continue to remain closed in the state.
In view of the rising number of cases and the state-wide curfew, Goa will not officially celebrate Statehood day on May 30.
On Friday, Goa reported 1,055 new cases and 32 deaths resulting from the infection. With this, the coastal state’s Covid-19 caseload has risen to 1,53,456 and the death toll climbed to 2,570, according to official data.
News Source: INDIA TODAY