HCM City yet to resume gyms, bars, beer clubs

Ho Chi Minh City has yet to decide the reopening of gyms, bars and beer clubs although the southern metropolis has gone through 21 straight days without domestic COVID-19 infections.
March 05, 2021 | 08:48
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Bars and karaoke parlors in HCMC's Bui Vien walking street are closed under the city's order due to Covid 19, March 15, 2020. Photo: VnExpress


Ho Chi Minh City has yet to decide the reopening of gyms, bars and beer clubs although the southern metropolis has gone through 21 straight days without domestic COVID-19 infections, a local official has said.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong told Zing that the city will assess the COVID-19 situation in the country and adjacent cities and provinces before making the decision.

“Since March 1, schools and certain services have been resumed in the city. However, many others have still remained closed,” he said.

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Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong. Photo: Hoang Quy

Phong explained that one infection case within the community would make the pandemic grow out of control in the densely-populated city, and stressed the need to maintain vigilance against the virus.

The economic hub has allowed the resumption of tourism, transport and catering services, along with markets, supermarkets, commercial centers, museums and libraries, since the beginning of this month.

The city has ordered keeping a distance of at least one meter and a size of fewer than 30 people for catering services in order to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading.

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A restaurant on the Bui Vien walking street in HCMC's District 1 closes down with all the Lunar New Year decorations amid a new coronavirus outbreak, February 9, 2021. Photo: VnExpress

From January 27 when COVID-19 broke out in the northern province of Hai Duong to February 14, HCM City detected 39 cases, of whom 35 are employees at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

According to the city Centre for Disease Control, the transmission at the airport has been basically put under control. The city will continue with prevention and control measures in the time ahead.

Vietnam had no COVID-19 cases to report in the morning of March 5, keeping the national count at 2,488, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Of the total cases, 1,572 are domestically-transmitted.

As many as 1,920 patients have been given the all-clear. The death toll remains at 35./.

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