Tourists with valid medical certificate will only be allowed, post lockdown, says Goa Health Minister

Air travellers will only be allowed to enter the coastal state, if they have a proper medical certificate, once the airports are operational and the lockdown is eased/ lifted

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In a statement, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has informed that air travellers will only be allowed to enter the coastal state, if they have a proper medical certificate, once the airports are operational and the lockdown is eased/ lifted.

In an interview to PTI, Rane said that he had already urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to take up the issue with the Union Civil Aviation ministry to not allow air travellers to enter the state without a COVID-19 certificate. This is one of the measures that Goa is considering to contain the spread of virus and to ensure the safety of travellers and locals at large.

The Civil Aviation Ministry will inform the airlines about this condition. Rane further stated that, “Each state has powers to enforce its own rules to contain the spread of COVID-19. Even if all COVID-19 patients in Goa are cured of the infection, the authorities will not relax.” The state is planning to ramp up its testing facilities in talukas to widen the scope. As many as 10 rapid testing booths will be set up at industrial estates and state borders, the health minister said.

“Even if the number of positive cases comes to zero in the state, the challenge will not end. In keeping with the guidelines of the Epidemic Act, we will make masks compulsory in public spaces,” he said. Rane further said that he had directed the health secretary to formulate a protocol for random testing. “We have to ensure that the guidelines of the Indian Council of Medical Research are followed,” he added.

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