GANGTOK: The Sikkim Government has announced a week long state wide lockdown today in view of surge in COVID-19 positivity rate in the state which has not been coming down than 20 per cent in the past few weeks.
The lockdown will come into effect on May 17 from 5 am and will remain in force till May 24 to 5 am.
The major restrictions to be in force during the period are -- All state government offices, shops including ration shops, private commercial establishments, institutions, gyms, markets and factories to remain close apart from those who engaged in medicine production, medical equipment and oxygen and allied sectors.
Central government offices will operate as per the Indian Government's instruction.
There is will be a complete restriction on movement of the people and goods and passengers vehicles other than those who are engaged in essential goods such as milk, food items, vegetables, animal feed, petroleum products, medical supplies LPG etc.
Milk vending shops are permitted to open between 7 am to 11 am.
Officials on duty are allowed for movement on the terms of providing valid ID cards.
Apart from that, sanitization, face covering and social distancing is mandatory in all public places.
Spitting is public will be considered as a criminal offence and it has been also advised to follow work from home as far as possible.
Persons found violating these rules will be liable to be proceeded against provisions os section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 besides legal action under section 188.
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