SOPs to be worked out for regular flight, train services

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Panaji: The state executive committee has asked the health secretary, the police and the district collectors to work out standard operating procedures to handle the people who will come to Goa  after the resumption of domestic air travel and train services.

A state executive committee meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Parimal Rai deliberated on the SOPs issued by the Union civil aviation ministry for resuming domestic flight operations.

The SEC also discussed the state’s capacity for conducting timely COVID testing  of passengers expected to come by regular flights and trains.

The tourism secretary  told the meeting that the Union tourism ministry  has sought views for reopening the tourism sector. He shared the tourism department’s plan of gradual reopening whereby pre-approved categories of hotels with requisite protocol may be reopened in the initial phase.

The meeting also discussed the plan to allow entry of industrial workers from across the borders.

After discussion, the SEC agreed to the suggestion of the Goa State Industries Association, deciding  that the collectors would issue permits for allowing the entry of 50 workers per day from each of the two identified entry points of the state by road.

It was informed that these workers will be tested for COVID by a  team of the health department and the testing cost  will be borne by the industry.

The workers will be allowed to join  duties only after they test negative for the COVID

pandemic.