The Sikkim government has announced that it will open its doors for tourists from October 10. The state that was shut for tourists for months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic has allowed hotels, homestays, and all tourism-related services to resume operations.
According to reports, an order was signed by Principal Secretary of home, Ravindra Telang. The order said that the state is ready to allow interstate travel from October 1. The order reads, “It has been decided to allow the free interstate movement of people without any requirement of registration with effect from October 1 and also permit hotels, homestays and other tourism-related services to operate from October 10.”
Additionally, the Sikkim border with West Bengal will also open its border for unrestricted road travel from October 1. The state will soon issue SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure) for hotels and the tourism sector.
The Himalayan state had imposed the odd-even aka road rationing rule, by limiting the cars on road as per the last digits of the registration number, in order to reduce movement amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the same rule which was implemented in New Delhi to curb air pollution.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim has been under a complete lockdown from September 21 and it will go on till September 27 to curb the rising COVID-19 cases in the city.