Goa to resume tourism activities only after everybody above 18 is vaccinated: CM Sawant

The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa was earlier informed by the government that the state’s hospitality sector would open fully only after the positivity rate drops below 5%

Tourism activities will not be reopened in Goa until everybody in the state gets at least one dose of the vaccine, state Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Thursday.

The CM added that the administration is aiming to achieve this goal by 31 July.

Until we administer the first dose of vaccine (across the state), tourism will not be reopened here. Our target is to accomplish this goal by 31 July. We will consider reopening only after achieving that goal,” said Sawant.

Prior to this, state tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar had also said tourism should restart only after the entire population of the coastal state is completely vaccinated against Covid-19.

“We can’t keep Goa’s tourism industry shut forever, as it is an important backbone of our state’s economy,” Ajgaonkar said.

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