by NEWSNER , 2021-04-01 17:13:32
Amidst the rising COVID 19 cases across the country, the Sikkim government has issued a fresh advisory mandating RT PCR negative reports for any tourists visiting the state starting April 7.
All tourists are going to be required to hold a certificate of being COVID-19 negative from 72 hours before their visit and present it upon their arrival to Sikkim.
According to the new guidelines, if the tourist fails to present the RT PCR negative certificate starting April 7, the establishments like hotels and homestays where they're booked to remain will need to make sure the test is conducted at the closest specified location.
Earlier in March, Sikkim’s Health department had presented the necessity for screening of tourists at the state borders and therefore the government was considering screening at Siliguri entry point in West Bengal. The new notification released by the housing department on March 31, however, has no mention of an equivalent.
Meanwhile, the Sikkim government has also announced restrictions on vehicular movement between 10:30 pm to six am. Earlier, some relaxation was given to tourist vehicles, but an equivalent has not been mentioned within the new notification. the sole movement allowed during the restricted hours is going to be emergency and commercial goods vehicles.
The Sikkim government offices also will remain closed on weekends.
The Health Department has also urged all eligible citizens above 45 years of aged to return forward for vaccination from April 1.
All government employees, including teachers above 45 years of age shall be vaccinated on or before May Day. Starting May Day, it'll be mandatory to supply a preliminary certificate of vaccination for all those above 45 years aged for visiting any government offices or using conveyance.
The vaccination certificate will be mandatory for all hotel staff, homestay owners, taxi drivers also as employees in commercial establishments, who are above 45 years of age.