Gangtok, June 19: Sikkim government has further extended lockdown restrictions until June 28. The state has been under lockdown since May 16, which was earlier extended till June 21 with a few relaxations and regulations.
The decision of extending the lockdown restrictions has been made after carefully reviewing the current Covid scenario. As per these guidelines, restrictions have been set on inter-state and inter-district movement excluding the movement of the army, government officials, commercial goods vehicles, and emergency and essential services.
All vehicles including private cars, taxis, and two-wheelers will be allowed only with odd-even stipulation within districts. Only government vehicles will be allowed to operate without any stipulations, from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. locally.
The movement of passengers boarding or returning from Pakyong or Bagdogra airports and New Jalpaiguri Railway station in West Bengal will be allowed on the production of journey tickets and negative RT-PCR reports conducted within 72 hours of arrival.
All licensed stand-alone shops and e-commerce and home delivery services can operate till 5 p.m. Commercial establishments can operate with only 50 percent of staff. Restaurants, fast food centres, sweet shops, and bakeries have been allowed to operate till 8 p.m. with 50 percent seating capacity. Home delivery of food has been permitted till 8 p.m. All gymnasiums, barbershops, spas, salons, and parlors may also operate till 5 p.m. with 50 percent capacity.
All-State Government offices have been allowed to function with 50 percent staff too. Only pharma companies have been allowed to operate with 100 percent staff. Private construction with local labourers, MGNREGA, agricultural and horticultural activities have also been permitted while a night curfew will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Sikkim’s COVID-19 tally rose to 19,058 on Friday as 162 more people tested positive for the infection, while three fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death to 290. The positivity rate stands at 11.4 percent, while the recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state has improved to 81.9 percent.