Gangtok: The government of Sikkim has announced the extension of the lockdown till 5 AM on June 7, an extension by a week as the current lockdown period ends on May 31.
Sources said that Sikkim has been in partial lockdown since May 6, while the complete lockdown has been implemented since May 16.
Sikkim government has posted a tweet, "Lock-down extended in the State till 7th June, 2021. Barring a few relaxations, the State will continue to follow strict lock-down. This was decided in the high-level meeting chaired by HCM Shri @PSTamangGolay today."
According to the reports, the state government extended the relaxation on ration shops and vegetable shops. The shops will be allowed to run from 7 AM to 12 PM. There is also a consideration on allowing few other essential shops, other than ration to open in the time designated by the government.
An official source said that there have been few other relaxations that have been considered for the State, but the same is subject to be confirmed once the official notification comes out.
It is to be mentioned that construction works can be carried out but with only local labourers from nearby areas. The same is subject to be taken permission from the concerned authority, preferably the district or sub-division officials.
As per the notification, some form of agricultural works to be allowed and foreign liquor shops will be allowed to open in the scheduled time of 7 AM to 12 PM. All shopkeepers under Gangtok Municipal Corporation must present a RAT negative certificate before being allowed to open their shops.
Meanwhile, 15177 people are affected so far in Sikkim due to the COVID-19. 10746 patients have recovered with 250 deaths. 3969 patients are still in hospitals.