Grocery shops, vegetable outlets, milk centres to remain open from today
CM appeals to people to maintain social distancing
We have enough supplies of all essential commodities in the state. My humble request to the people that don’t go in crowd for buying essential commodities like milk, vegetables and other grocery items. Maintain social distancing in order to prevent spread of COVID-19 and transmission of the Corona virus.
In view of rising demand for access to the essential commodities from the various quarters, the state government has relaxed 100 percent lockdown and allowed to keep open grocery shops, vegetable outlets and milk centres in Goa from March 27.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday evening made this announcement while briefing media at his official residence. However, he appealed the people to maintain social distancing as per central guidelines while going to buy groceries, milk and vegetables.
“We have enough supplies of all essential commodities in the state. My humble request to the people that don’t go in crowd for buying essential commodities like milk, vegetables and other grocery items. Maintain social distancing in order to prevent spread of COVID-19 and transmission of the Corona virus,” he said.
Sawant also came down heavily on those who have been criticizing state government for 100 percent lockdown and not allowing to keep open grocery shops.
“We have announced 100 percent lockdown in the state to maintain social distancing and prevent spread of COVID-19. We know that if grocery shops and vegetable and milk outlets keep open 90 percent Goa will be opened. However, some people have started criticizing the government for not keeping open grocery shops in the state,” he said and added that considering people views the government has decided to allow grocery shops, vegetables outlets and milk centres open from Friday.
Informing that 35 persons who had came to contact with three positive patients, who have been quarantine in GMC, have been traced and put in government facilities for treatment, Sawant said that as per the government information from March 21 till today over 2,500 Goans have returned back to their home from outside state.
“So far around 1500 person, who travelled to Goa from other states and outside country, have been home quarantine with stamp on their hand. However, remaining people have not yet come forward for screening and to be in quarantine,” he said.
Chief Minister said that the government has made enough efforts to keep Goa free from COVID-19 and appealed to the people time and again to maintain social distancing, come forward for screening if they have travel history.
He said even the government sealed state borders so that people from cross borders should not enter Goa, but some people cannot have patience for few days and tried to target the government on essential commodities availability.
Annoyed Chief Minister also said that henceforth every Goan should take care of their own health by following guidelines issued by the Central government as many antagonists feel they are only right.
“As government and Chief Minister I am concerned about the health security of people of my state. Those who are criticizing government through social media they will sit at their home, but common man will suffer if corona virus transmits through crowd.