Lockdown should continue till June 15: CM


Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that the current lockdown should be extended till June 15 considering the overall scenario of COVID-19 across the country.

Sawant, who spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah over phone on Thursday, said that he has suggested that the lockdown should be extended for another 15 days, but certain relaxations should be granted to the state during that period.

The chief minister said that the Goa will pitch for relaxation like lifting of ban on functioning of malls, restaurants and gyms during the lockdown period.

He said that all these sectors (gym, mall and restaurants) can open up with fifty per cent of its capacity and also by obeying all the social distancing norms.

Sawant said that the state government is waiting for the fresh guidelines from union Ministry of Home Affairs, which will be announced on Saturday.

“Only after understanding those guidelines, we will come to know whether Goa is allowed to give certain relaxations,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sawant said that Goa will be most preferred holiday destination post-COVID-19 situation.

“Compared to rest of the tourism places in the country, Goa will be more preferred by domestic tourists and international travelers,” he said.

The chief minister on Friday laid foundation stone for  1,300 seating capacity convention centre in the capital city.


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