Gangtok: Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Sikkim government has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown by a week till June 21.

Sikkim has been under complete lockdown since May 16. The current lockdown was scheduled to be lifted on June 14.

The new regulation passed on Friday by the state’s home department now permits vehicles to run on an odd-even basis for intra-district travel. Vehicles with registration plates ending with an odd number will be allowed to ply on ‘odd’ dates; similarly, vehicles with registration plates ending with even numbers will be allowed to ply on ‘even’ dates.

The rules will apply for taxis, private and government vehicles along with two-wheelers that will be allowed without pillion riders.

However, government vehicles shall be allowed to travel without the odd-even rule from 9 am to 5:30 pm for local movement. The rule will also be relaxed for commercial vehicles including trucks ferrying essential commodities.

The rules don’t apply for inter-district travel, which is still restricted.

All licensed stand-alone shops, including vehicle showrooms, auto garages and tyre shops, shall be permitted till 5 pm. Weekly closure of shops shall be done according to existing notifications issued by the authorities concerned.

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Private commercial establishments shall be allowed to operate with 50 per cent staff. Operation of e-commerce and home delivery of products shall be allowed till 5 pm.

All restaurants, fast food centres, sweets shops and bakeries will operate till 8 pm with 50 per cent seating capacity. Home delivery of food items will also be permitted till 8 pm.

All gymnasiums, barber shops, spas, saloons and parlours shall be allowed to operate till 5 pm with 50 per cent capacity.

Pharma companies will be allowed to operate with 100 per cent staff while other factories and production units are allowed with 50 per cent staff strength.

All state government offices and PSUs, boards and corporations shall be allowed to function with 50 per cent staff strength.

Night curfew will be in place from 9 pm to 6 am as usual.

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