Sikkim Government has announced a 7-day total lockdown due to the second wave of COVID-19.
The lockdown has been imposed from 5am on May 17 till 5am on May 24.
The decision of a lockdown has been taken “in view of the fact that the average positivity rate for COVID-19 cases in the State has continued to be more than 20% in the last few weeks”.
According to the Government “there is an urgent need to impose stricter restrictions on the movement of people within the State”.
“All State Government offices, shops including ration shops, private commercial establishments, institutions, gymnasiums, markets and factories, other than those engaged in production of medicines, medical equipment, oxygen and allied sectors shall remain closed,” stated an official notification.
As per the directions of the Government of India, Central Government offices will be allowed to remain functional.
During the lockdown, movement of all vehicles, activities and congregation will remain banned.
On producing valid papers, movement of vehicles and persons engaged in essential services will be allowed.