Gangtok: If there is one certainty for tourists visiting Sikkim, it’s their visit to Lachung, a beautiful tourist hamlet in North Sikkim. But considering no restrictions on tourists amid the rising COVID-19 cases, the Lachung Dzumsa has written to Chief Minister PS Golay to put a stop on domestic and foreign tourists from visiting Lachung.

Lachung Dzumsa, a self governing system in the hamlets of Lachung and Lachen, is similar to the Panchayati Raj system, and take community-based decisions for its people.

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The Dzumsa had taken a similar decision on restricting tourists amidst COVID-19 spread in October 2020. This time, the Lachung Dzumsa has written for 14-day restrictions on tourists, starting April 29. But the same is subject to be extended if the situation worsens in Sikkim and Lachung district.

North Sikkim collectively has 90 COVID-19 positive cases so far. The numbers are quite low when compared to any other district in the state. But owing to its close proximity to East Sikkim and its frequent connection with the district, the decision has been taken, a village elder from Lachung told EastMojo.

“These decisions were unanimously taken by the Lachung Dzumsa and these decisions were made by considering the present healthcare facilities, wherein Lachung won’t be able to combat COVID-19,” a statement from the Lachung Dzumsa said.

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