Gamblers in Goa flouting COVID-19 restrictions after re-opening of casinos

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Casinos in Goa were allowed to re-open in early November after the industry was subjected to a 7 month lock down.

Both land based and floating casinos were allowed to re-open since they were closed down since March.

However, as a COVID-19 precautionary measure, the operating capacities of the casinos was reduced to 50%.

Almost a month after its re-opening, local residents of Goa have expressed concerns regarding their health owning to violation of safety norms by the gamblers.

It has been reported that the local gamblers and the tourists both are flouting the COVID-19 restrictions. The gathering of large number of people at the casinos and not wearing of masks is widely rampant amongst the tourists and local gamblers alike.

Unhappy with the tourists and localites nt following Standard Operating Procedures, BJP MLA Atanasio Monserrate, stated that he has raised the issue before CM, reported Gambling News.

Notably, not wearing of masks in public spaces attracts a fine of Rs. 200 in Panaji city, where floating casinos are located.

More than 47,000 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Goa so far, according to report by Gambling News.