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Double vaccination or COVID-19 negative certificate mandatory to enter parties, restaurants in Goa

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Panaji: The Goa government will make double vaccination or COVID-19 certificate compulsory to participate in the parties or enter restaurants in the coastal state, chief minister Pramod Sawant said.

Sawant told reporters on Wednesday that the District Administration will issue a notification by evening which will make double vaccination or COVID-19 certificate mandatory for the participating in the parties or enter the restaurants.

He said that the organizers of the event would have to ensure that the guests carry these certificates.

Meanwhile, Goa’s biggest tourism days of New Year celebrations are marked with more than 90 per cent occupancy in hotels, while beaches are already overcrowded with the revelers.

State tourism industry reads the current happening in the sector as sign of normalcy with few chartered flights from the UK already arriving in the State, after a break of almost a year due to COVID-19.

Travel and Tourism Association of Goa’s (TTAG) President Nilesh Shah said that season is “overall good.”

“End of year has always been a good season for tourism industry. The hotel occupancy is around 90 per cent during these days, which will increase for the New Year,” Shah said.

He said that the COVID-19 has resulted in five to seven percent of cancellations, which are written off due to the increase in the footfalls.

“It is a good sign that we are getting back to normalcy,” Shah said.

He said that the tourism industry has learnt to do business with COVID-19 protocol around. Shah said that the starting of the chartered flights has given business to musicians, performers and tourist guides.

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