Panic buying was witnessed in several parts of the State as Goans geared up for the 15-day curfew announced by the Government from May 9.
There was uncertainty all around and people were seen stocking up essential commodities. Huge queues were seen outside stores in most cities of Goa.
Taking note of social media posts, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant appealed to people not to resort to panic buying saying all essential commodity and grocery stores will be kept open across the State from 7 am to 1 pm, daily during the 15-day State-level curfew.
The order that came late evening on Saturday, spells only additional restrictions which are imposed through this order as compared to the previous order which are fish market and municipal panchayat markets to be closed, shops selling essential commodities to remain open from 7 am to 1 pm only.
Those who were planning to tie the knot during this period have no instructions as weddings which were permitted with 50 or less guests as per previous order have not been mentioned in this order.
Hotels and hospitality sector is only allowed for in-house guests, residents and staff.
The highlights of order to be effective in Goa from 7 am of May 9 till 7 am of May 24 are as follows: Casinos, bars and restaurants will be closed however, restaurant kitchens will be allowed to provide home delivery or takeaways, anytime.
The shops will be closed, except those selling medicines/drugs and related activities as well as those selling groceries, eatables, animal fodder etc.
Public Distribution Systems, standalone liquor shops and outlets (take away only) may remain open from 7 am to 1 pm, (however the home delivery except for liquor will be allowed anytime).
Banks, insurance, custom clearance, ATMs microfinance institutions etc will remain open.
All medical and health services/ institutions (including AYUSH and veterinary hospitals and laboratories) to remain functional.
Operations of home for children/disabled/mentally challenged/senior citizens/destitute /women/widows will also remain open.
Observation homes, after care homes and places of safety for juveniles etc will remain open.
All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods whether involved in wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores or E-commerce companies will operate.
Cold storage, warehousing services, canteen/restaurants on the premises of establishments are permitted will remain open and mainly cater to in-house staff/residents.
All industries, factories and other related activities, all constructions and related activities including repairs, agricultural and related activities will also be functional.