Gangtok: Sikkim will continue to be in a state of complete lockdown till May 3. All educational intuitions will remain closed till May 31 and offices till May 3 in Sikkim. Inter-state movement of vehicles will be also be restricted barring emergency and essential services. There will be strict restrictions on the issue of vehicle passes to check unnecessary movement. All e-passes issued in the past are now invalid. Construction works have also been banned till May 3.
Some relaxations were have been allowed for MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) works, agriculture, government permitted industries and activities. These however come with some riders, MGNREGA workers are to restrict their activity within the confines of their private holdings/farms.
This was decided at an emergency meeting chaired by CM Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) on April 21. The government took stock of the situation in the wake of rising in the cases of COVID-19 in other parts of the country.
The district and police administration has been asked to ensure that restrictions which were in place in the first and second phase of lockdown are reinforced.
The meeting also discussed the measures which need to be taken after the possible lifting of the nationwide lockdown on May 3. Aarogya Setu App will be made mandatory for contact tracing.
Given the fact that Sikkim is the only Indian state which has been COVID-19 free, such restrictions even after the second phase of the lockdown are done will further reduce the chances of any new infection.