The Sikkim government has made negative RT-PCR reports mandatory for tourists and has imposed other travel restrictions in the State owing to the increase in Covid-19 infections.
As per the latest notification issued by the State government, all persons entering Sikkim shall be required to produce a negative RT-PCR report conducted within 72 hours prior to the date of entry. Additionally, the Health Department shall also organise Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at all check posts and Pakyong Airport.
The new Covid-19 restrictions will be applicable till January 24.
Similarly, there will be restrictions for vehicular movement and odd-even restrictions will be imposed with certain relaxation for goods carriers, emergency services and government vehicles during working hours but registered luxury taxis shall be exempted from the restriction.
All state government offices including PSUs, Boards and Corporations under the State government shall operate with 50 per cent with strict Covid-19 protocols. All social, political, religious and sports-related gatherings shall be prohibited. The number of persons for the marriage ceremony and funeral rites shall be restricted to 50 persons.
According to the new order, all foreigners including those from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh who are already in India for more than seven days shall be permitted entry into the State, on the production of a negative RT-PCR report conducted thereafter and state in connection with various project related works may be permitted by the concerned District collector before seven days period on case to case basis and with reasonable restrictions.
All international travellers entering the state are required to undergo seven days of home quarantine and undertake the RT-PCR test on the 8th day of arrival in the country. Such travellers shall also be required to upload their results of the RT-PCR test conducted on the 8th day on the Air Suvidha Portal.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the State reported 70 new Covid-19 cases. At least 15 people have been admitted in ICUs with COVID in hospitals across Sikkim at present. The positivity rate is about 12.2 per cent currently, even as Tourism Minister Bedu Singh Panth tested positive on Sunday.