PANAJI: The Bombay High Court at Goa has decided to consider the recommendation of the State Expert Committee on the matter pertaining to permitting those visitors, who are fully vaccinated, to enter Goa border without COVID negative certificate.
The Division Bench has adjourned the Miscellaneous Civil Application filed by the State government pleading to permit persons vaccinated with both doses, possessing a vaccination certificate to enter state of Goa without Covid negative certificate.
The High Court has granted permission to respondent parties to file any objection if they have.
The Bench also observed that it should consider Expert Committee’s recommendation on the subject.
Since May 10, the State government has made COVID negative certificates mandatory for all those visitors entering the State following High Court directions given the surge in Coronavirus cases. Only those driving in with goods vehicle and for medical purpose and exempted from the same.
The State government has recommenced antigen testing at the borders for those without negative certificates. The move comes following the detection of delta plus Variant in the neighbouring Sindhudurg district.
The daily Covid cases in the State are hovering between 150 to 250, while the positivity rate has dropped below 5 per cent. The Mortality count has also come down to below five per day.
Goa government had filed an application before High Court of Goa at Bombay urging the court to permit fully vaccinated people to enter the state without covid negative certificate.
The Miscellaneous Civil Application(MCA) filed before HC had sought modification in the court’s earlier order, which had made covid negative certificate mandatory for entering Goa.
The government has pleaded that the order should be changed to permit those who have taken both the doses of Covid vaccine and those with Covid negative certificate. Court will hear the matter tomorrow.