COVID-19 update: Tourists in Goa to be photographed and fined if found without masks

COVID-19 update: Tourists in Goa to be photographed and fined if found without masks

In the latest COVID-19 update, Goan government has decided to photograph and fine tourists who are found roaming in the city without masks. Recently, several tourists in Goa have been noticed without masks and arguing with the authorities unnecessarily. Panaji Mayor Uday Madkaikar made the crucial announcement on Monday and said that police will now find such tourists, photograph them, and impose a fine to teach a lesson.

There have been reports that tourists, when asked to wear masks, become abusive towards Panaji Municipal Corporation officials. Madkaikar said, “In view of these unnecessary tussles, police will now accompany our municipality officials during drives to enforce the use of face masks in public. Photos of tourists who do not follow the rule will also be taken before they are directed to pay fines.”

He further said that they don’t want to harass people, but there are some tourists who create a ruckus during enforcement drives and that it is a pan-India SOP. “People should visit Goa, but they should not take the state’s people for granted. The objective of wearing masks is to keep everyone safe from coronavirus,” Madkaikar said.

It was only last week that the government announced a doubling of the fine for not wearing masks to INR 200.

Of late, Goa has been flooded with tourists (since the borders reopened). People have been pouring in from all over the country, which has resulted in unmanageable crowds at some of the most prominent attractions in the beach state.

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