Domestic Tourists Banned & Casinos Shut as Precaution Against Spread Of COVID-19 in Sikkim​

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Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang announced on Monday that the entry of all local travelers to the Himalayan state has been barred.

He also said all educational institutions (including government and private schools, colleges, and universities), discotheques, theatre halls, casinos, health clubs, melas, and tambola will remain closed in Sikkim until April 15th, 2020.

Such steps were taken to avoid the risk of COVID-19 spreading to the state. On March 5th, Sikkim prohibited the entry of all foreign tourists into the state by halting the issuance of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) compulsory for nationals from other countries.

Goa too recently declared that the state’s casinos would remain shut down until 31 March 2020, among other stated public facilities, to try to prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus.

In addition to casinos, the state shut down educational establishments, gymnasiums, spas, bars, clubs, public swimming pools, and movie theaters.

Other governments that have shut down educational institutions to control the spreading of COVID-19 are Bihar, Karnataka, West Bengal and Maharashtra.

Sikkim’s chief minister has also advised citizens not to travel out of state unless it’s an emergency. The government will also turn the Rangpo State Tourism guest house into a quarantine facility.


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