Gangtok: The Government of Sikkim has said that all government offices and public sector undertakings will be shut from April 28 to April 30 to break the chain of COVID amid numbers rising in the Himalayan state.
The offices would be sanitised and fumigated in the meantime.
However, departments engaged in essential services like Health, Police, and Fire services would continue to work as normal.
The order has been posted in a tweet mentioning Circular of Home Department regarding the suspension of all bookings in New Sikkim House and DKK Bhawan in New Delhi and Sikkim House, Guwahati till April 30.
Sikkim on Sunday reported 148 fresh cases of COVID-19 taking the total tally to 7,306. The Himalayan state has 934 active cases with a death toll of 138.
Also, due to the rising number of COVID cases in Sikkim, the state government on Monday decided to issue a fresh set of guidelines pertaining to the entry of people from the Rammam check post in West Sikkim and the closure of various Central or state government-aided educational institutes, universities, colleges, tutorials, hostels and coaching institutes.
With respect to the regulations for the entry of people from the Rammam check post in West Sikkim, the government has instructed the post-in-charge to maintain the daily IN and OUT register where the details of the person and the time of entry and exit shall be strictly recorded. The names of only those people who are entering and exiting West Sikkim on the same day will be recorded in the register. The visitors/residents entering west Sikkim through the Rammam check post shall fill up the entry form and submit it to the post counter. The SDM (Soreng) would collect the forms on a daily basis, digitalising them and sending them to the relevant teams for contact tracing.
The state government has also ordered to shut down all centre and state government-run educational institutions, universities, colleges, tutorials, hostels and coaching institutes till May 31, 2021. During the closure of the institutes, only students are not required to come to school for regular classes or other educational activities. A 50% attendance policy will be followed for the teaching faculty and staff members. Government employees should not leave their stations without the prior permission of the concerned authorities.