Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant

Goa chief minister on Saturday said that the state government is considering allowing restaurants to function at 50 per cent capacity from July 5. He said that the government has announced that saloons may open (from July 5). "We are also considering 50 per cent relief for (restaurants) too," he added.

Earlier this week, bar and restaurant owners had petitioned Sawant demanding re-opening of their businesses, which have been shut down since May when Covid cases in the state were at its peak.

The relief measures are likely to be incorporated in the next stage of the state level curfew which is scheduled to begin on July 5 and will last till July 12. Outdoor sports complexes and stadiums would also be allowed to open in the state from July 5.

The Pramod Sawant government on Friday announced that the COVID-19-induced curfew has been extended till 7 am on July 12. According to the new guidelines issued in view of the decline in the daily count of coronavirus cases, the state government has eased certain restrictions and permitted shops across Goa to open from 7 am to 6 pm.

"State Level Curfew will be extended till 7AM, 12 July 2021. Shops can remain open from 7 am to 6 PM. Saloon and outdoor sports complex/stadiums may also open," Sawant tweeted.

Goa logged 183 new COVID cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours, the official data released on Friday stated. The overall fatalities count stand at 3,062. The coastal state registered 285 recoveries, taking the cumulative count to 1,61,867. According to official data, Goa's COVID recovery rate stands at 96.87 per cent.

(With agency inputs)

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