GANGTOK, April 23 - All educational institutions in Sikkim will remain closed till May 31. It was decided at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang on Tuesday to assess the State�s preparedness to fight COVID-19 and the compliance with lockdown guidelines in the State after partial easing of lockdown from April 20.
Sikkim is the only State in the country where no COVID-19 case has been reported so far. The meeting was attended by the Cabinet ministers and top officials of the State.
The meeting decided that the police and district administration should ensure that the restrictions are properly enforced, except for the relaxations made for MGNREGA works, agriculture, and permitted industries and activities.
It was clarified that MGNREGA workers should carry out only those activities which are within the confines of their private holdings/farms, and no construction work can be carried out till further orders.
The State Government will review the situation again before May 3 to decide on the future course of action.
Restrictions on inter-State movement of vehicles will remain in force till May 3 and all movements will be permitted through identified vehicles only. The meeting also discussed in detail the measures to be taken after possible lifting of the lockdown on May 3.
The Chief Minister stressed the importance of the Aarogya Setu app and called for its mandatory use by every individual for their own safety. He also appealed to the people to take utmost care of their health, strictly adhere to the safety guidelines issued by the State Government and comply with the lockdown norms.