Sikkim opens doors to domestic tourists, issues travel guidelines



a group of people that are standing in the snow: Sikkim has much to offer to its tourists for a top-notch travel experience. (Image Courtesy: Satyam Sahu of Nirvana Hotel, Gangtok)


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Sikkim has much to offer to its tourists for a top-notch travel experience. (Image Courtesy: Satyam Sahu of Nirvana Hotel, Gangtok)

Tourism in Sikkim: The state government of Sikkim decided to reopen its tourism sector from Saturday, ie, October 10. Tourism industry in the state is resuming operations after months of inactivity due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing lockdown. In a 23-page Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) the state has said that tourism is one of the key sectors in the state. According to the government, as much as 15% of the state’s population is directly or indirectly relying on the industry to sustain. With this in consideration, it was imperative for Sikkim to reopen tourism.

The SOP marks the first unlock guidelines in the state. In order to ensure that tourists remain safe, the government has issued detailed guidelines that must be

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Japan has imposed an entry ban on people from many countries because of the pandemic. The ban has been gradually relaxed, including for travelers from Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, although a 14-day quarantine is required.

NEW DELHI — India has registered 61,267 new coronavirus cases, its lowest daily increase since Aug. 25.

The country with nearly 6.7 million reported infections has had the highest single-day increases in the world for nearly 45 days. The last three weeks, however, have seen a gradual decline.

The Health Ministry on Tuesday also reported 884 deaths in the past 24 hours. The death toll now stands at 103,569.

India has the second-highest number of reported infections and is on track to exceed the caseload in the United States within weeks.

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Officials from the state sought input on a “first draft of the reopening directive” designed to stay in line with the state’s Blueprint For A Safer Economy, according to a USA Today report. However, theme park officials balked at the restrictions that say until the county moves up to the tier of yellow — which could take months — few if any activities would be allowed at area theme parks.

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The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention released their Thanksgiving guidelines Monday.

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