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Thousands throng beaches in Goa to ring in New Year

Panaji: To ring in new year, thousands of revellers thronged beaches across Goa on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

Thousands of domestic tourists, who had travelled to Goa for celebrate the night, started gathering at beaches to witness the last sunset of 2020, leading to traffic chaos in the capital city and in the coastal belt in South Goa as well as North Goa.

While beach shacks played music at full bust, several night clubs organised parties on December 31, 2020, which continued till morning of January 1, 2021. Local churches and chapels organised midnight mass to celebrate the New Year.

Though Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had hinted in the day that curfew could be imposed for two days and there could be strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), government refrained from imposing night curfew despite the coronavirus.

Mr Rane, in a tweet, on Thursday had said that he had spoken to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on imposing night curfew in the state on the lines of Delhi and Karnataka.

However, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant declined to imposed night curfew and appealed people to abide by all the Standard Operating Procedures to avoid spread of COVID-19.

Police too were asked to ensure that tourists and locals followed COVID-19 guidelines.

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