Hanoi eases social distancing, allowing indoor restaurants and cafes to reopen
The Hanoi City’s Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control had a virtual meeting with districts, wards, and communes on March 1 afternoon. As the epidemic situation in the city is basically under control, the meeting’s main content was to consider easing Covid-19 preventive measures, according to Thanh Nien Newspaper.
|Indoor restaurants and coffee shops can resume their operations from March 2 but must set up shields between tables or ensure that customers are one meter apart from each other. Photo: VTC News|
Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh said that the city has gone through 14 days without any fresh community transmission cases.
However, Hanh warned that Hanoi may record new cases in the time ahead, especially when students return to schools and localities loosen their anti-pandemic measures.
Deputy Director of the Hanoi Center for Disease Control (CDC) Khong Minh Tuan said that people coming to or returning from Hai Duong on and after March 3 (the day when the northern province ends social distancing) must continue to make health declarations; people returning to Hanoi from districts of Cam Giang, Kinh Mon, Kim Thanh and Hai Duong city must quarantine themselves at home for 14 days. A person returning from Hai Duong can study and work normally if she/he tests negative for the novel coronavirus in the latest three days.
Vice-Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Chu Xuan Dung said indoor restaurants and coffee shops can resume their operations from March 2 but must set up shields between tables or ensure that customers are one meter apart from each other.
Discotheques, bars, clubs, karaoke parlors, and sidewalk iced tea stalls will remain shut down until the city’s further notice, Dung added.
Hanoi ordered to close all eateries and coffee shops on February 16 as part of efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
|Outdoor eateries remain closed until further notice Photo: Afamily.|
At the meeting, Hanoi Vice-Chairman Chu Xuan Dung also assigned the Department of Culture and Sports and the districts and towns to review and prepare epidemic prevention measures at relic and religious sites as they are permitted to reopen at an appropriate time.
The capital city has reported 36 locally-transmitted cases as the third wave of Covid-19 resurged in the country on January 28.
Vietnam has registered 2,472 Covid-19 cases and 542 are active.
Hai Duong remains the biggest hotspot with 673 cases, followed by Quang Ninh (61) and HCMC (36).
Among patients under treatment, 66 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, 37 twice, and 113 thrice.
35 patients have succumbed to the deadly disease.
A total of 60,693 people who came in close contact with COVID-19 patients or arrived from pandemic-hit areas are under quarantine nationwide, including 560 at hospitals, 12,298 at other quarantine sites, and 47,835 at home.
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