Goa Casinos Remain Closed

The state of Goa declared last week that casinos will be closed due to India’s worst second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The lockdown was only supposed to last four days because two days before, Goa had seen the sharpest single-day increase in incidents. However, given the gravity of the case, the state has imposed additional restrictions.

The state of Goa has decided to close all venues until the 10th of May. Gaming establishments, pubs, gyms, schools, and colleges are all on the list. Only essential services will be permitted to continue operating, according to the state, and the Goa border will remain open only for the transportation of essential services.

The initial three-day lockdown will be extended by a week, according to Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, in order to “control the spread of the virus.”

Casinos had only been given permission to operate at 50 percent capacity during operating hours a week ago. On Sunday, the state announced several new incidents, as well as more deaths, bringing the total to an alarming number.

“A surge in Covid-19 cases is being witnessed in Goa and other parts of the country, and the situation might further aggravate due to public gatherings and active interactions among high positivity rate,” said North Goa district magistrate Ajit Roy.