Port Minister of Goa speaks against strict implementation of SOPs

Published on : Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tourism in Goa has witnessed a surge after the vaccines came to the surface.

Though many places are now accepting vaccinated tourists, several states are still requiring negative RT-PCR reports.

The situation can become especially tricky in places that are tourist hotspots. Popular destinations like Venice are objecting to the influx of tourists.

In Goa, there were complaints that tourists were not following the travel regulations laid down by the health ministry to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Responding to these, Michael Lobo, Port Minister of Goa, said that Goa is getting its GST currently through tourism and enforcing strict SOPs for tourists will hamper tourism in the state. He stated that every tourist entering the state needs to present a negative RT-PCR report and take precautionary measures.

Mr. Lobo said that people are now traveling for leisure within India in spite of rising virus cases and enforcing strict health measures would deter tourists from holidaying. He said that Section 144 does not apply to tourists and imposing of section 144 had nothing to do with tourism.

He expressed his concerns regarding the youngsters employed in tourism who would be forced to sit at homes in case the tourist numbers drop in Goa.

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