GANGTOK: Sikkim Tourism industry though has decided to open its gate for tourist in the state from October 10, the state’s one of the popular tourist destination Lachung to continue keep entry restrictions in place.
Lachung has decided not to allow tourists till November 30. Lachung is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border, in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim.
The state government had recently released SOPs for tourism Unlock 1.0, and asked the various stakeholders who want to run business to get themselves registered with the department’s portal voluntarily.
On Friday, the Lachung Dzumsa convened an emergency meeting with tourism stakeholders and after consultation, decided that no tourists will be allowed to enter areas under the jurisdiction on Lachung Dzumsa till November 30.
“Lachung being on the remotest area of Sikkim we don’t have the proper medical facilities to deal in case of COVID-19 like emergencies arises,” a press release issued by Lachung Dzumsa explains.
The Sikkim government has also made Travel Card- a mandatory for all those visiting the state. Tourists were asked to avail the card by registering themselves with the state tourism department online and to produce a COVID 19 negative certificate issued by ICMR registered testing centre not older than 72 hours prior to entry into Sikkim.
Tourists were advised to carry the travel card and the medical certificate all the times for verification by enforcement agencies often.
On Friday, Rural Management and Development Department Minister Sonam Lama too tested COVID 19 positive. So far, Sikkim has recorded a total of 2704 COVID positive cases with 31 deaths.