Explanation: Goa announces night curfew; this is what is allowed, what is not

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR, Edited by Desk Desk | Panaji |

Updated: April 21, 2021 10:30:55 pm

With 26 Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, the state’s highest-ever one-day death figure, the Goa government on Wednesday imposed a night curfew between 10 pm and 6 am until April 30. Prime Minister Pramod Sawant announced a number of restrictions in the coastal state, including restrictions on attendance at weddings for 50 people and funerals for 20.

Goa on Wednesday had 9,300 active Covid-19 cases and 1,502 cases were new. Seventeen daytime deaths were reported including the death of a 27-year-old man with comorbidity.

What are the restrictions imposed by the Goa government?

Citing a “sudden spike of Covid-19 in the state”, the Goa government imposed a night curfew in the state from Wednesday to April 30. No movement or collection of people is allowed between 10 pm and 6 am, said the CM. He explained, however, that vehicles carrying essential items, foodstuffs, milk etc., and also those entering Goa from other states, will be allowed during night curfew hours and will therefore emergency medical services. Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure which prohibits the collection of more than five persons has been invoked in the state. Sawant appealed to people to stay home and not to step out unnecessarily. Sawant said the restrictions will be reviewed on April 30.

What will remain closed?

Schools, colleges, educational and training institutions will remain closed except for college students’ offline exams.

Class XII and Class X exams to be conducted by the state board of education beginning April 24 have been postponed. The CM said that new dates will be announced at least 15 days before the exam date.

Swimming pools have been closed and no social, political, sporting, entertainment or academic or cultural gatherings are allowed. Sports clubs in the state have been asked to cancel their tournaments scheduled in this period and co-operate with government efforts to reduce the pandemic.

What are the permitted activities but with some restrictions?

Organizations such as casinos, bars, restaurants, river cruising, water parks, amusement parks, gyms, spas, massage parlors, cinema halls, multiplexes and public transport buses are allowed to run at 50 percent capacity. The district administration will take action against those who violate these restrictions as mentioned under Section 188 of the IPC relating to disobedience to an order duly issued by a public servant. The department attracts a simple imprisonment of up to a month or a fine of Rs 200 or both.

Places of worship such as temples, mosques, churches and mustaches are allowed to perform their daily rituals performed by the priest or keeper of the establishment. However, they were asked not to hold mass gatherings. Any kind of joint prayers should be held at home or more or less.

Marriages with up to 50 people are allowed and final rites with up to 20 people will not require permission from the district administration, the CM said.

Five municipal councils will go to polls on April 23 with all Covid-19 restrictions such as wearing masks, keep Social distance and use of sanitizers.

Government and private offices have been asked to encourage work from home.

What about tourism activities?

Places of tourist interest such as casinos, hotels and five-star restaurants can still run but only at half their capacity. Even after 10pm, these establishments are allowed to run as long as their customers remain in their premises and do not crowd on the road or public areas. Section 144 of the CrPC will be “strictly enforced” at places including beaches, said the CM, which would mean groups of more than five would congregate on a stranded beach.

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A study by state epidemiologists at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sawant said a coastal belt has a concentration of emerging hotspots and the government will, to an extent and in consultation with the epidemiologists and ‘ r the district administration, declaring such parts. micro-restriction zones and impose restrictions, the Prime Minister said on Wednesday.

What about industries, shops and organizations?

There will be no restrictions on the operation of industries, factories, including manufacturing and pharma, Sawant said. Shops, malls, chemists, establishments will remain open daily and there was no need to buy panic or stock up on goods.