The Goa government on Saturday closed its borders for passengers and tourist vehicles, as a precautionary measure in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government declares holiday for all teaching, non-teaching & administrative staff educational institutes. Restrict operations of public offices, public transportation, PSU and allied autonomous bodies till 31st March.
Goa Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday chaired several task force meetings including a all political party meeting, requesting leaders to support the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Janata Curfew on 22nd March.
Addressing media persons in Panjim after chairing the meetings, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the government has banned the movement of passenger vehicles – maxi cabs (12+1), all heavy passenger vehicles like contract carriage, stage carriage, All India Tourist buses, playing from the state of Karnataka and Maharashtra states, with immediate effect till 31st March. He said that all goods and logistic vehicles in state will permitted in the state, after thermal screening of drivers and cleaners on the Goan boarders.
Sawant, further announced to declared holiday for all teaching, non-teaching & administrative staff educational institutes till 31st March . He further pronounced to restrict operations of public offices, Public transportation, PSU and allied autonomous bodies till the end of financial year. The government has cancelled permits of all rent-a-bike and rent-a-car service till 31st March.
Hotel associations, liquors traders have proclaimed to keep their business closed till 31st March as a preventive measure.
Earlier on Saturday, prohibitory orders were issued across Goa under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which debars mass assembly as well as circulation of malicious and unfounded rumours about the coronavirus disease.