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Walking pets on a leash or letting them free on walking streets near the Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake would be banned as Hanoi authorities are gathering opinions on a draft regulation on the management of activities here.
Apart from the pedestrian streets, the regulation also targets surrounding areas, which, among other things, requires people not to swear and dress appropriately.
It bans people from leashing or releasing pets, cattle and poultry in the said areas. Swimming and fishing in the Hoan Kiem Lake will be banned as well.
|Walking pets on a leash or letting them free on walking streets near the Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake would be banned. Photo: cafebiz|
Vehicles cannot be parked either on the sidewalks or streets within the area. Street vending, begging and services like shoe polishing are also forbidden.
Artistic or sporting activities, including exercises or magic trick performances that use equipment like loudspeakers or musical instruments, which can affect other common activities on the walking streets, will not be allowed without approval from authorities. People must show proof of approval by authorities when bringing sound-producing tools and instruments into the area, VnExpress said.
Hanoi’s exclusively pedestrian zone, which includes areas around Hoan Kiem Lake and around a dozen streets surrounding it, comes into effect from 7 p.m. to midnight during the weekends.
The streets were reopened September 18 after a temporary closure on August 21 following the second COVID-19 outbreak experienced in Vietnam.
|Apart from the pedestrian streets, the regulation also targets surrounding areas, which, among other things, requires people not to swear and dress appropriately. Photo: Vietnamnet|
This was the second time the space had been closed in order to prevent big gatherings in line with COVID-19 prevention and control measures, Hanoi Times reported.
The People's Committee of Hoan Kiem district said that the resumption of the walking streets must meet requirements on security, traffic order and safety and urban order.
Pedestrians are requested to wear face masks and follow basic hygiene requirements, the committee said, adding that local competent forces will regularly monitor their observance.
Earlier this year, Hanoi closed the walking streets from February 17 to May 15 in an effort to contain the spread of the pandemic.
The streets usually receive up to 25,000 visitors every day on average, with numbers going up to around 200,000 during holidays, according to the Hoan Kiem People’s Committee./.
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