In a bid to kick-start tourism in Sikkim, people who have taken both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine can visit the State from today.
The State government has lifted the temporary ban on the entry of visitors from other parts of the country. It had earlier restricted the entry of tourists to the State from March this year following a surge in Covid-19 infections.
The State Home department issued a statement saying that fully vaccinated tourists can enter the Himalayan State through Rangpo in East Sikkim and Melli in South Sikkim after exhibiting their vaccination certificates at the border check-gates.
The State government has also allowed hotels, guest houses and homestays to operate at 50 per cent capacity from Monday with strict adherence to Covid protocols.
Shopping malls, showrooms and shops have also been allowed to open at full capacity with strict compliance with safety guidelines.
The notification further said that all government offices can function with fully vaccinated employees, while staffers who have not received both the doses yet can work with the present arrangement of 50 per cent attendance.
All factories and commercial establishments can also operate at 100 per cent capacity provided staffers are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, a total of 21,131 people have tested positive for the virus in the State so far, of whom 2,101 are undergoing treatment, while 18,469 have recovered. A total of 308 people have succumbed to the virus and 253 people have migrated to other states.