Panaji: Goa government on Friday announced that the scheduled Shigmo festival parades in the state stands cancelled due to rising COVID-19 cases.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the ongoing State Legislative Assembly Session that the decision to cancel the Shigmo parades in the state has been taken to avoid further spread of the COVID-19 infection.
The issue was raised on the floor of the House by MGP MLA Sudin Dhavalikar who sought to know whether state government is going ahead with the annual float parades.
State Tourism Department hosts Shigmo Float parades in the state on lines with the Carnival festivities during April. This year, the parades were scheduled to be held in three cities in the first week of April.
Sawant said that the traditional shigmo festivities in the temples would be allowed to be continued but the hosts should abide by the COVID-19 restrictions.
He also said that the weddings and other celebrations should be held with restrictions on the number of guests.