If your post-lockdown plans include a trip to the country’s party capital then read on. The state of Goa is all set to make health certificates mandatory for tourists after the lockdown restrictions are eased or lifted. By Manya Saini

The Health Minister of Goa, Vishwajit Rane, recently announced that as part of the state’s strategy to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, it will make health certificate a necessary requirement for tourists looking to visit the state post lockdown.

 

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The measure is intended to help the administration flatten the curve and keep the locals safe. The certificates in question must be issued by testing labs approved by the central government. The minister has further requested the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to address the concern with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation by disallowing any passenger to board flights without the document.

The Goa government also intends to establish 10 rapid testing booths at the borders of the state and as well as at industrial estates. Other measures include the launch of a GPS-based location tracker application for those under home quarantine.

 

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Goa is a tourist hub and relies heavily on the industry for its revenue. However, Rane has said that even if the state successfully ensures no new cases emerge, the lean period will be used to ramp up test facilities. The measures will not be relaxed once the centre opens domestic airports for the public.

The Health Minister further reiterated that each state has the power to set its own rules for containing the spread. He said, “Even if the number of positive cases comes to zero in the state, the challenge will not end.”

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