Expert panel disagrees on reopening of tourism in Goa so soon

 Saturday, August 7, 2021 

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Although the trade body, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) is eagerly waiting for the government to loosen up all restrictions so that tourism can restart, the expert committee has unanimously decided to ask the government not to open tourism hastily.


The expert committee has decided that the gap between two doses of Covishield be reduced to six weeks from the current 84 days.


“All the members agreed that tourism can’t be allowed when we don’t know when the third wave will hit us, though we expect its impact to be less severe,” said an expert committee member.


The expert committee includes doctors and would soon submit its suggestions to the government on Covid management.


Considering that the possible third wave might show its presence either this month or next, the expert committee has opined that shortening breaks between the two doses is necessary so that a larger section of the population is fully vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, more than 10 lakh people have been vaccinated in Goa, but 2,80,695 people are fully vaccinated. With the gap between two doses of Covishield ranging from 12 to 16 weeks, it will be October -November by when the majority of the population is fully vaccinated.

The expert committee has recommended that not only teachers, but other school staff, including clerical, bell-boy, peon and school bus drivers must be vaccinated, and if not, they must not be allowed to enter a school.

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