Sikkim extends ongoing lockdown till May 31
Sikkim today extended the ongoing state-wide lockdown till 31st of May in view of continued COVID-19 case positivity of over 20 per cent over the last few weeks. The state reported 287 new cases on Saturday based on 1,003 tests, taking total cases to 12,808 and active cases to 3,194. The state has reported 4,856 COVID19 cases and 63 case fatalities this month so far.
The decision to extend the current lockdown, which came into effect on 17th May, was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister P.S. Tamang today in Gangtok. During the extended lockdown from 24th May, milk, vegetable and ration shops will remain open during 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. while medicine shops and petrol pumps will operate normally.
All establishments, State Government offices, institutions, markets and factories except those engaged in the production of medicines, medical equipment, oxygen and allied sectors will be closed.
All activities, congregations and movement of vehicles will be prohibited, except those involved in essential and emergency services, COVID-19 testing and vaccination. Temi Tea Estate in South Sikkim will operate with 50 per cent staff, maintaining COVID-19 protocol, while Sikkim Manipal Medical College has been allowed to conduct exams maintaining COVID protocol.
Loading and unloading of all food items will be allowed from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. while MGNREGA works will be permitted in wards where no COVID-19 cases have been detected.
Movement of passengers boarding or returning from Pakyong or Bagdogra airports and New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in West Bengal will be allowed on production of tickets and negative RT-PCR reports conducted within 48 hours of arrival.