PANJIM: Tightening curbs, the State government on Tuesday brought all non-essential services, including hotels and restaurants, under the ambit of the COVID-19 restrictions, till May 10 morning.
Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant took to twitter to state that keeping in mind the “concerns of the citizens”, additional restrictions are being imposed on shops selling non-essential items till May 10.
He also tweeted that restaurants, which as per the earlier restrictions were allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity from 7 am to 7 pm, will cease to operate for dine-in. Restaurant kitchens will be operational for home delivery of food items, he added.
The move comes following a joint appeal from Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and the Hotel Association, to all non-essential service providers, to keep their shops and establishments shut till May 10.
With the State experiencing an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 daily infections, the government had already extended the restrictions imposed from April 29 evening, till 6 am on May 10.
As per the restrictions, only essential services including grocery shops, vegetable and fish markets, banks, petrol pumps, ATM services are allowed to stay open.
Along with the ban on the public transport system, casinos, pubs, cinema theatres, shopping malls, gyms, salons and spas are shut, while sports and political events and larger gatherings are banned.
Later the Collectors of both Districts issued orders directing the closure of all non-essential shops and establishments till May 10.
Shops selling essential commodites, standlone liquor shops, PDS tp remain open form 7am to 7pm. Except for liquor, all others can opt for home delivery of products.