Are you planning to travel to the Sikkim? Well before you plan your trip to the northeastern paradise, you must know the latest Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Sikkim government to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus.
SC Gupta, the Chief Secretary of Government of Sikkim on Wednesday issued a set of new Covid-19 guidelines which will be in force from April 1 up to April 30.
The new guidelines stated that hotel owners, travel agents, homestay owners will have to ensure that tourists staying in their establishments carry a negative RT PCR test report conducted 72 hours prior to their arrival.
In case tourists arrive without such a report, the travel agents, hotel owners, and homestay owners shall get the RT PCR/True NAT test conducted at specified testing locations in the state. This condition will be applicable with effect from April 7.
The Sikkim Govt. has also said that there shall be no movement of vehicles after 10:30 pm till 6:00 am except for emergency purposes.
Moreover, Restaurants, Bars, Nightclubs, Discos, and Pubs will be closed by 10 pm every day but this will not be applicable to the in-house guests staying in the hotels.
The guidelines also suggest that District Collectors shall identify paid quarantine locations for primary contacts of tourist who tests positive.
All activities have been permitted outside Containment Zones and SOPs have been prescribed for various activities. These include movement by passenger trains; air travel; metro trains; schools; higher educational institutions; hotels and restaurants; shopping malls, multiplexes, and entertainment parks; yoga centers and gymnasiums; exhibitions; assemblies ad congregations, etc.
It is important to note that any person/tourist violating these containment measures and the National Directives for COVID-19 Management will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Sec.188 of the IPC, and Sikkim Public Health and Safety (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020.