Sikkim to reopen for tourists from 10 October; SOPs for hotels, other tourism-related services expected soon

The Himalayan state has also decided to open its border with West Bengal for unrestricted movement of vehicles from 1 October, officials said

Press Trust of India September 20, 2020 10:03:04 IST
Sikkim to reopen for tourists from 10 October; SOPs for hotels, other tourism-related services expected soon

File image of Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang. News18

Gangtok: The Sikkim government has allowed hotels, homestays and other tourism-related services to restart operations from 10 October, officials said on Saturday.

The Himalayan state has also decided to open its border with West Bengal for unrestricted movement of vehicles from 1 October, they said.

A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the hotels and the tourism sector is expected soon, they added.

Bookings for hotels and homestays will start from 27 September, officials said.

While the odd-even road rationing rule for public vehicles will be lifted from 1 October, it may continue for private vehicles, they said.

The odd-even rule, which was first implemented in Delhi to tackle air pollution by limiting the number of cars as per the last digit of their registration number, was also imposed in Sikkim to reduce movement amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, a complete lockdown will be imposed in the Gangtok Municipal Corporation area from 21 to 27 September as part of "special measures" to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Vehicles will not be allowed to ply except those authorised or engaged in essential services, as per a state Home Department order.

State government offices will operate with 30 per cent staff, and State government offices will operate with 30 per cent staff, and all shops, except those selling essential items, will remain closed, it said.

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