The Himalayan state of Sikkim is located in Northeast India. It has been popular among tourists and has seen a rise in its popularity.
Despite the heavy tourist inflow, the state has remained free of COVID-19 infection. Until now, no positive case has been recorded. This was achieved by imposing strict measures to contain the crisis. After the nationwide lockdown was announced, the Sikkim government acted swiftly in closing down its borders.
The state government officials are currently planning to continue the shutdown of their state for another 5 months. This would result in the loss of jobs and revenue from the tourism industry. The office of the Chief Minister announced that in order to prevent the spread of the virus all incoming tourists will be banned.
The business owners whose business depends on the tourists are worried about their livelihood. Most of them need to pay off the loans they took from the banks. As of now, many remain jobless. The extension until October will prove to be disastrous for most of these people.
However, there are people who are in favour of this decision and are more worried about the safety of their families.
Business owners are hoping that the government will reduce or waive off the interest on their loans. This would ease the burden of sustaining themselves. However, it does not seem enough to help people who are now completely jobless.
People are waiting to see if the government will take any measures to help them.