HCMC resumes non-essential services while still says no to karaoke, bars, gyms

HCMC will allow most non-essential services except bars, dance clubs, karaoke parlors, gyms, and pool table services to resume starting March 1.
February 26, 2021 | 15:31
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The decision was made Thursday by the city Vice-Chairman Duong Anh Duc after the southern metropolis went 14 days without any Covid-19 community transmission, according to VNE.

Under the latest decision, wedding centers, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places of recreation would reopen next Monday. Tourism activities, transportation, catering services, shopping centers, museums, historical relics, and libraries are also allowed to reopen but must ensure a minimum distance of one meter between two people.

Catering establishments are banned from accommodating more than 30 people. City authorities have also allowed the organization of religious events but gatherings of more than 50 people at a time are banned.

Vietnam's largest city has shut down all non-essential services since Feb. after recording a series of community transmissions linked to a cluster at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

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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 by VnExpress/Dinh Van.

Earlier on January 31, The Hanoi People's Committee has requested bars, karaoke parlors, and discotheques to close starting February 1 as a measure to stem the spread of novel coronavirus.

All eateries are required to disinfect their space regularly, arrange seats to ensure social distancing, and ask all staff to wear masks, according to VNExpress.

Residents have to limit gathering in crowds when it is not necessary. Those organizing events must strictly ensure preventive measures.

The city authorities have emphasized that people should limit organizing festive activities amid the latest outbreak that has aroused concerns that it is a rapidly spreading variant of the novel coronavirus.

Eight cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the past 12 hours to 6 pm February 25, including seven locally-infected cases in the northern province of Hai Duong, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Meanwhile, on the morning of February 26, 1 imported case was reported in concentrated isolation in Tay Ninh.

Vietnam’s national tally amounts to 2421, with 643 cases belong to Hai Duong - the current biggest epicenter across the country. Health authorities have said the outbreak in the city has been put under control.

35 patients have succumbed to the disease ever since the pandemic broke out.

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