Despite the state government’s restrictions, Goa saw a massive influx of tourists on New Year’s Eve. Goa is a popular winter destination, especially at the end of the year, but the government imposed strict restrictions this year to prevent the virus from spreading. Despite the rules and regulations, tourism increased dramatically at the end of the year, with tourists flocking to beaches, nightclubs, and pubs.
Since a surge in COVID-19 cases, India has imposed night curfews in major cities in the run-up to New Year’s Eve. Authorities in Goa have made the same decision, stating that all establishments, including bars, casinos, and restaurants, will only admit guests who have valid vaccination certificates or a negative test result. Tourists thronged Calangute in North Goa, for example.
Over the New Year’s holiday, Goa was so busy that cruise ship and restaurant managers said they couldn’t keep up with the influx of visitors. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., workers were kept busy around the clock. While Goa has its allure, the lack of responsibility on the part of visitors is astounding. Especially at a time when the world is concerned about a new coronavirus variant called Omicron.
In order to combat the virus, India has gone into defensive mode, with West Bengal being the most recent state to impose a partial lockdown. In the last 24 hours, a total of 13154 new COVID-19 cases have been reported, with 268 deaths. It was the most cases reported in a single day since October of last year.