SOP for tourism after May 31: Goa CM

SOP for tourism after May 31: Goa CM

PANAJI: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said that the state government will declare the standard operating procedure (SOP) to start tourism activities in Goa after the end of lockdown 4.0 on May 31. Stating that Goa has become a 356-day tourist destination, Sawant told reporters, “At present we are working to control Covid-19. After May 31, we will declare a SOP regarding tourism.” TOI was the first to report that the state government will come out with a SOP to promote Goa as Covid-19 free tourist state before it opens its borders for tourists. While uncertainty over the resumption of mining activities continued, tourism turned a major source of revenue for the state government. Goa receives over 60 lakh tourists every year. Sawant said that Goa is trying to make Goa a Covid-free state once again. He said that the state agencies are testing each and every one who arrives in the state. “Goa is the first state in India to conduct Covid-19 test on people entering the state via railways,” the chief minister said. Sawant had said that tourism is the second largest industry in Goa. ““In Goa, first mining, second tourism, third industries, fourth agriculture and others contribute to the economy,” he said. A senior officer said that the tourism industry in Goa has suffered due to Covid-19.
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