New Delhi: The Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) has cancelled all permissions granted for film and television serial shootings in the state as covid-19 cases continue to soar higher than ever amid nationwide second wave of the pandemic. ESG is the Goa government’s nodal agency which is entitled to give permission for commercial shootings in the coastal state.
After Maharashtra imposed severe restrictions to curb covid-19 spread in the state, many filmmakers and TV serial makers shifted to Goa to resume their projects' shoot.
According to ESG Vice Chairman Subhash Phal Desai, all permission granted for film shootings in Goa have now been cancelled till the situation in the state comes under control.
“We will not allow any shooting of films or television serials in public or private properties,” he said.
He said that the state government has enforced strict curbs, including imposition of Section 144 of CrPC, which bans assembly of five or more people at one place, due to which shootings cannot be permitted.
The ESG will review its decision only after the situation is under control, he said.
On Wednesday, Goa reported 3,496 new Covid-19 cases and 71 fatalities, taking the tally of infections to 1,04,398 and the death toll to 1,443, as per official data.