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"If Unrestricted Entry Into Goa Would Be Allowed, Medical Infra Would Collapse":Bombay HC Dismisses Government's Request Seeking Entry Relaxations

Lawstreet Journal 21 May 2021 6:19pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary "If Unrestricted Entry Into Goa Would Be Allowed, Medical Infra Would Collapse":Bombay HC Dismisses Government's Request Seeking Entry Relaxations

On Tuesday (May 18, 20121), the Bombay High Court (Goa Bench) dismissed two applications filed by the Goa government seeking to vacate or modify a court order directing the state to ensure that all persons entering the state have a COVID negative certificate.

On May 6 2021, the Bench of Justices M. S. Sonak and M. S. Jawalkar directed the Goa State Administration to ensure that no persons are permitted entry into the State unless a negativity certificate is issued within 72 hours of the time the travellers seek entry into the State.

Application for Modification by the State

The state government requested that a waiver be granted for people who work in Goa and travel between the neighbouring states and the state of Goa on a daily basis, subject to being thermally scanned and producing proof of employment at the respective checkpoints.

It was argued that the restrictions imposed by the Court's order dated May 6 were quite disproportionate and caused serious prejudice to Goa residents who wished to enter Goa as well as persons wishing to enter Goa for the purposes of their daily work.

It was argued that because Goa is a small state, it must rely on its neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka for supplies, labour, and workforce, and that the restriction was harming the state's economy and the smooth operation of industries.

Finally, it was claimed that the procedure for obtaining a COVID -19 negative certificate was so time-consuming that even laboratories all over… Continue Reading...


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