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September 28, 2021

From March, only open to tourists

India: Goa bans local people from casinos

(India).- Goa's Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has announced an amendment to the state's gambling act, effective as of March 1, which will prohibit the holiday state's locals from entering its casinos. Instead, from March, only tourists will be granted entry.

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s of March 1, locals will not be allowed to enter either onshore casinos or those on ships roaming in Goan waters. 

Parrikar added, that the act will make it mandatory for the person entering a casino to prove that he/she is tourist and not a local. Additionally, a gaming commissioner would be appointed to regulate the casino industry. 

In India where tight restrictions have been placed on gambling, Goa has so far been one of the few states to allow casinos - it reportedly has more than 12 in its various five-star hotels. It is also the only Indian state to have offshore gaming vessels, which are anchored in the Mandovi River in Goa's main city of Panaji. 

The state's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had in its election manifesto pledged to ban locals from entry into casinos after activists protested against the ill effects of betting.

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