Published on : Monday, September 21, 2020
The Sikkim government recently provided allowance to hotels, homestays and other tourism-related services to restart operations from October 1. The Himalayan state has also decided to open its border with West Bengal for unrestricted movement of vehicles from October 1, as reported by officials.
It has been announced that a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the hotels and the tourism sector is expected to arrive soon. Bookings for hotels and homestays will also start from September 27. The odd-even road rationing rule for public vehicles might also be lifted from October 1, however, it might continue for private vehicles. The odd-even rule was first implemented in Delhi to tackle air pollution by limiting the number of cars as per the last digit of their registration number.
The same rule was also imposed in Sikkim to reduce movement amid the COVID-19 outbreak. On the other hand, a complete lockdown will be imposed in the Gangtok Municipal Corporation area from 21-27 September as part of ‘special measures’ to contain the spread of COVID-19. According to a state Home Department order, no vehicles would be allowed to ply except those authorised or engaged in essential services.
Ravindra Telang, Principal Secretary of Home in Sikkim signed an order that mentioned that it has been decided that free interstate movement of people without any requirement of registration will be allowed October 1 and hotels, homestays and other tourism related services would be permitted to operate from October 10.