The Coronavirus pandemic has hit tourism worldwide as people have been asked to stay at home since March. However, if you are in India then your ‘Goa plans’ can still be implemented, assured State Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar in a statement on Wednesday.

Ajgaonkar said Goa is set to open again for domestic tourists and over 250 hotels will be allowed to operate from Thursday after each of them put the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The move is aimed at reviving the state economy.

“Economically, we are in a bad shape,” Ajgaonkar said, adding that the decision was taken during a state cabinet meeting.

“We have decided to allow domestic travellers to enter Goa from July 2 onwards provided they comply with certain norms,” the minister stated.

The tourists will have to pre-book their stay at hotels and will be tested for the COVID-19 before entering the state unless they carry a COVID-19 negative certificate. Only hotels and homestays approved by the tourism department will be allowed to take pre-bookings.

“People who test positive will be given the option of returning to their respective states or staying back in Goa for treatment,” Ajgaonkar added.