GANGTOK, May 18 - The fourth phase of the lockdown started in Sikkim on Monday, with the authorities allowing private vehicles and taxis to ply on all days following the odd-even rule.
Two-wheelers without pillion riders are also allowed. No passes are required for travel to different districts within Sikkim. However, taxi syndicates shall not be allowed to operate.
State-run transport buses are being allowed to ply within Sikkim, while other private buses can ply for transporting company and private employees. Inter-state movement remains barred, except with special permission. All trucks registered outside Sikkim shall be allowed to enter on the odd-even basis, but shall have to return the same day or stay at a transit camp.
Cinema halls, shopping malls, gyms, theatres and bars will remain closed. Educational and training institutions will remain closed, except for online and distance learning.
Restaurants, fastfood joints and bakeries shall be allowed to operate for takeaways and home delivery. No sitting will be allowed in restaurants and other eateries. The weekly closure rule shall not apply to any market, and all markets will stay open on all days. Shops (except in malls) are allowed to stay open from 8 am to 5 pm. Government offices will operate with 30 per cent staff, according to an official notification.