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Goa to assess situation before nod to malls, hotels



Following the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the state government Sunday announced that night curfew will be imposed in Goa for non-essential activities from Monday onwards between 9 pm and 5 am instead of 7 pm to 7 am as mandated earlier.

“All the activities as they are today would continue. The night curfew has been relaxed a bit and now it is between 9 pm and 5 am. Goa will stick to that and we will try to enforce the curfew also at the state borders to ensure that our team handles people in a lawful manner,” said Secretary Revenue Sanjay Kumar addressing a press conference in Panaji.

Ruling out the possibility of an immediate amendment in the state’s standard operating procedure (SOP), Kumar said Goa’s SOP is in compliance with the fresh guidelines of the MHA.

Secretary Health Nila Mohanan said the government will carry out an assessment of the situation before considering implementation of the fresh relaxations given to certain establishments and places from June 8. “We are examining the new guidelines of the MHA. We still have time to assess the situation and take a call and there will definitely be clarity before June 8,” she said.

The Union Home Ministry has said temples, mosques, churches and other religious places and shopping malls and hotels will be allowed to reopen in a phased manner from June 8.

Kumar said since April 29, a total of 87,009 people have left Goa by different modes of transport including 43 special trains arranged by the government. He said from April 29, around 9,402 people have entered Goa.

Kumar said 786 FIRs have been lodged against people for different lockdown violations, while 1,432 people were also arrested for violations during the ongoing lockdown. 

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