No more TV & film shoots in Goa, govt enforces 15-day lockdown

No more TV & film shoots in Goa, govt enforces 15-day lockdown

Producers had moved to Goa to complete their shoots after lockdown in Maharashtra.

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New Delhi: With one of the highest rate of Covid2019 infections in the country, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday announced a state-wide curfew in the state from 9 May to 23 May.

According to government data, Goa has recorded a positivity rate of 41 per cent, which has surpassed the infection rates in Delhi as well as Mumbai. "The positivity rate and death rate are increasing in the state. There is no shortage of oxygen and medicines in the state. A detailed order regarding the state-level curfew will be released by 4 pm on Saturday," said Sawant.

The announcement comes hours after the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) cancelled all permissions granted for film and television serial shootings in the state in the wake of the raging pandemic. The ESG is Goa government's nodal agency empowered to give permission for commercial shootings in the state.

Several film and TV serial makers from Mumbai and Chennai had recently shifted their sets to Goa after strict restrictions were imposed in Maharashtra and other states.

"We will not allow any shooting of films or television serials in public or private properties till the Covid2019 situation in the state comes under control," ESG vice president Subhash Faldesai told PTI.

All those currently shooting films and serials in Goa have also been asked to wind up their schedules. The ESG said it will review its decision only after the situation is under control.

On Thursday, Goa reported its highest daily tally so far with 3,869 Covid2019 cases that took the count of infections to 1,08,267.