Sawant said the state government aims to vaccinate everyone in the state from the first dose by July 31 and would consider reopening only after achieving that target.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that the state will open up its tourism sector only if it provides at least the first dose of covid-19 vaccine to 100 percent of its population. Till then the tourist place will remain out of bounds.

News agency ANI quoted Sawant as saying "Until we administer the first dose of vaccine to complete state, tourism will not be reopened here. Our target is to accomplish this goal by July 31. We will consider reopening only after achieving that goal,"

The state government on Sunday launched 'Tika Utsav 3.0' to achieve 100% vaccination coverage of the first dose.

Earlier this week, the Chief Minister met stakeholders from the tourism industry, who advised him to take any decision on reopening Goa after July 31, 2021 and strictly enforce protocols for entry into the state.

The coronavirus-induced restrictions in Goa were on Sunday extended till June 21, as the positivity rate in the state stood at 14 percent. The restrictions were imposed on May 9 and have been extended several times since then.

Casinos, bars, restaurants, shops, river cruises, schools, colleges, educational institutions are closed after restrictions like lockdown. Social, sports, cultural and educational activities are prohibited. Marriage ceremonies are permitted only after the permission of the District Magistrate or Sub-Divisional Magistrate and with an attendance of 50 people.

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