No green light for casinos in Goa

Boat casinos can operate on the Mandovi river for six more months.
Boat casinos can operate on the Mandovi river for six more months.

In mid-October, the state ease pandemic measures further, but there’s no good news for casinos yet.

India.-  Chief minister for the state of Goa, Pramod Sawant, said that there’s no indication from the Indian government to allow casinos to resume operations.  

Sawant said operators had granted him representation on the matter but that the government has not made a decision, as authorities were first reviewing conditions to reopen movie theatres. 

The chief minister said: “It will take some time to allow casino operations in the state.”  

He also stated that in the next phase of lockdown, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will allow many businesses to open but with capacity limits and social distancing measures. 

Schools will gradually reopen after October 15, and cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will be able to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity from the same date, Times of India reported.  

Goa recently allowed the state’s boat-casinos to remain where they are for another six months in the Mandovi river pending a decision on where they will be relocated.

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