Pramod Sawant urged panchayats to allow shops selling essential items to stay open in public interest
PANAJI: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that the state government has decided to enforce additional restrictions to control the spread of Covid-19.
The restrictions include closure of non-essential shops and restaurants only being allowed to provide takeaways.
The chief minister also said that lockdowns at the panchayat and municipal-level were not necessary and that they should instead follow the state government’s restriction orders.
Sawant urged panchayats to allow shops selling essential items to stay open in public interest.
Sawant also asked panchayats and MLAs not to stop people from going to work.
“Considering the sentiment of the people of the state and increase in Covid cases, shops selling non-essential will not be allowed to operate. Only those selling essentials will be allowed to stay open,” said Sawant.
He added that at restaurants, dine-ins will not be allowed. However, these establishments can continue to operate their kitchens for takeaway service.
As per the state government’s Sunday order, restaurants with 50% sitting capacity would be allowed to remain open between 7am and 7pm. However, restaurant kitchens were allowed to provide home delivery and takeaways anytime.
Sawant said that markets in municipal and panchayat areas are allowed to function with social distancing.
On Monday, the state government had extended the four-day lockdown, which began on Thursday 7pm, till May 10, with several additional restrictions. However, for the past two days, panchayats and municipalities across the state have begun issuing self-lockdown orders.
Reacting to this, Sawant said, “Looking at all the conditions, when we say lockdown, all essential services should be allowed to operate. If these people stop essential services, then they will create panic among people. I urged all municipalities and panchayats to keep essential services open.”
The chief minister said that panchayats and municipalities should follow the state government order and keep all essential services open.