Panaji: Goa government on Wednesday announced that they will go for a strict lockdown from Thursday evening to Monday morning in order to break the COVID-19 chain in the state.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters that the essential services and industries will not be shut down during the lockdown.
Sawant said that lockdown would be imposed from Thursday evening till Monday morning in the coastal state to break the chain of COVID-19 infection.
Goa has been reporting more than 2,000 new infections on a daily basis this week.
The chief minister said that there is no need for panic as essential services will remain open but the public transport would be shut. He said that the weekly markets, which are organised at various places, will not be allowed during the lockdown.
The chief minister also specified that the Casinos would be shut down during the lockdown.
“The industrial services will continue during the lockdown period,” Sawant said.
Sawant said that the casual labourers should not be worried as the lockdown will be lifted on Monday morning and business would be as usual.
The State Administration will issue detail notification by Wednesday evening on the lockdown guidelines, he said.
He appealed people to take precaution and start medication immediately if there are any symptoms of COVID-19 infection. Sawant said that the state government has already modified its COVID-19 treatment protocol, which offers medicines at the time of testing without waiting for the results.
He said that the vaccination centres will continue to function during the lockdown and people get the jab after prior appointment.