Hanoi might suspend unnecessary festivals over Covid-19 concerns

On January 6, the Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports To Van Dong said that in the 2021 festival season, the city organized and managed well the festivals in the direction of overcoming previous shortcomings and ensuring safety for citizens in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. If unnecessary, festivals will not be held.
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A festival in Hanoi. Photo: VNA

To ensure the organization and management of this year's festival, Hanoi city assigned the relevant agencies, especially the festival management boards, local authorities, departments, and sectors to propagate and introduce the true values of traditional beliefs and rituals; not to allow the festivals to be commercialized. The city also required relevant agencies to popularize and mobilize the people to limit burning votive paper and hold festivals economically and unobtrusively, Baotintuc reported.

The festival management boards need to continue to strengthen anti-epidemic measures, monitor and update the epidemic situation to promptly inform people. Tourist sites and monuments need to be regularly disinfected and provide visitors with hand sanitizers.

Hanoi city will establish a group to inspect the management and organization of festivals and announce the phone number 0869.295538 to receive and process information regarding the festivals.

In 2020, given the complicated development of the Covid-19 pandemic, only 139 out of scheduled 1,206 festivals in Hanoi took place.

With a population of more than 95 million, Vietnam has recorded 1,505 infections and 35 deaths to date.

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