June 21: As suggested by the reports, Goa will not open for tourism until every individual of the state receives at least one dose of the Covid vaccine. The announcement was made by Goan Chief Minister Pramod Sawant who also added that the administration is aiming to achieve this target by July 13.

The state Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaokar also added earlier that the tourism should restart only after the coastal state’s entire population is completely vaccinated to fight against Covid-19. While stating the information, the minister also stressed the fact that Goa’s tourism industry cannot stay shut forever as the industry is a strong backbone of the state’s economy.

The statement comes after the government had informed the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa about the state’s hospitality sector that would be allowed to fully open but after witnessing the positive rate drops below 5%.

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Regarding this, Nilesh Shah, the association’s chairman earlier “suggested four different strategies to ensure entry of travellers does not lead to the spread of the deadly virus in the state. He recommended that the travellers should be allowed to enter Goa only with Covid-19 negative certificate or vaccination certificate.”

Further, he also suggested that if the visitor is not able to provide any of these, the testing facilities should be set up at the borders or at the airports, railways stations and bus terminals reports where visitors can be tested at affordable prices.

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