PANJIM: The Goa casinos were permitted to reopen in the state from the beginning of this November 1, 2020. The condition to reopen is that they should have implemented, and follow all the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the state including the reduced capacity mandate of 50% of their total capacity. Goa is the only venue for the
The state government, almost a week over the restart date issued a standard operating procedure for casinos, directing them not to let anyone in who isn’t wearing a mask. The new rules also mandate sanitizing hands, temperature checks, and a strict 50% capacity fill. The top-rated online casinos in India are the best alternatives to this casino destination with the current restriction and keep you safe in these covid times.
The SOP, issued by additional home secretary Amarsen Rane, included instructions to appropriately sanitize handbags, purses, and other items to be carried inside the premises before entry as per the guidelines.
Speaking to the journalist in the recent past, CM Pramod Sawant had said, “The state cabinet has decided to let the casinos reopen from Nov 1 onward. They will have to implement all the SOP’s issued by the Home Department and to operate with 50 percent capacity. Goa Govt has taken this decision as the Casinos are a tourist attraction and Goa needs to promote tourism activity,”
Sawant also said that the casino operators are offered an option to pay monthly instead of a single time
Key points of the Standard Operating Procedures
The GOA government has made it mandatory for the casino operators to pay the license fees before resuming operations.
The casino industry of Goa was urging its government to allow the casinos to reopen. This restart of operations would help boost tourist arrivals.
Many of the staff with the casino has gone back home. Operators believe that they will not be able to restart with only a few days’ notice and will weeks to be back in business.
The casino operates seemed happy with the “RESTART” and worried about the number of visitors that will come to the casino to make the business profitable.
Goa has around 18 offshore and onshore Casino destinations which have been shut since March 2020. More casino destinations include Five-star hotels.
This 19-year-old industry contributes around ₹300 crores to the state treasury in license fees and around ₹90 crores per year as State GST.
The industry sources reveal that each casino venue made a turnover of around Rs 120-crore per year with a guest count of between 600-800 people per vessel, especially on weekends, before the March 2020 lockdown.
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