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‘Tourism activities in Goa must resume after total vaccination’

Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Tuesday said tourism activities should resume only after the entire population of the coastal state is completely vaccinated against COVID-19. While the Goa government has allowed hotels to function, restaurants and other tourism-related activities have been shut due to the curfew, which has been in place in the state since May 9, when COVID-19 cases started peaking.

Speaking to PTI, the Minister said only tourists who are “fully vaccinated” should be allowed to enter the state. “We can’t keep Goa’s tourism industry shut forever, as it is an important backbone of our state’s economy,” Ajgaonkar said.

The tourism industry can resume all its activities once the entire population of the state is “fully vaccinated” with both doses of the vaccines, he said. The state should also open itself for tourists with caution, by allowing entry only to those visitors who have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, the Minister said.

“Once tourism resumes in Goa fully, the state will take up an intensive media campaign, inviting domestic tourists here,” he said, adding that the industry will have to earn back its past glory, as it has suffered losses due to the pandemic. In case of international travellers, Ajgaonkar said the state will have to depend on the Centre’s decision for resumption of chartered flights.

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