New Delhi: As the Centre issued guidelines for the phased manner of unlocking the economic activities, the Goa government on Wednesday said that it will open the state for tourists from July 2. Also Read - Goa Lockdown News: Police to Crackdown on Night Parties Amid Pandemic as Section 144 Continues to be Imposed in State

Issuing a statement, Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said that over 250 hotels have been granted permission to resume operations. Also Read - Just a Week After Discharge From COVID-Designated Hospital, This Goa BJP MLA Tests Positive Again; Admitted

As per the guidelines, the minister said that for tourists to enter Goa, they will have to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate within stipulated 48-hrs window or get mandatorily tested in Goa. Also Read - Goa SSC Class 10th Exams 2020: GBSHSE Announces Results, Check on gbshse.gov.in

One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, Goa was closed for tourists for more than three months since the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24.

The move to open the tourism in the state was taken today during the state cabinet meeting chaired by state chief minister.

To accommodate the tourists, the tourism department has granted permission to 250 hotels with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) put in place by the state government.

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

The minister said that it is compulsory for tourists to pre-book their stay at hotels, which have received the tourism department’s approval.

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

(With inputs from PTI)