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Vietnam requires all citizens, foreigners to wear masks at crowded places

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18:26 | 15/03/2020

Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces on Saturday that all Vietnamese and foreigners inside the country must wear masks in mass gathering, in a bid to contain the novel coronavirus ' spreading. 

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From March 16, all Vietnamese and foreign nationals in Viet Nam shall wear face masks at crowded public places (Photo: The Straits Times)

Accordingly, the announcement is stated as below:

1. People who come from or have visited or transited via Covid-19 affected areas shall regularly check updated regulations with their airlines, and carry all documents as required, particularly their medical certificates (if any).

2. From 16 March 2020, Viet Nam requires that:

- All Vietnamese and foreign nationals in Viet Nam shall wear face masks at crowded public places, including supermarkets, airport terminals, train stations, coach stations, and public transport vehicles.

- All passengers on domestic and international flights to and from Viet Nam shall wear face masks throughout the flight and during their stay at the airport terminals.

Viet Nam has informed this decision to all diplomatic missions, consular offices and representative offices of international organizations in Viet Nam.

On March 15, the country has confirmed 53 COVID-19 infections, 37 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospitals, including 12 foreigners, while 16 have been discharged.

Amidst complicated developments of the acute respiratory disease caused by COVID-19, MoH has released specific guidance on routine cleaning in the workplaces.

The guidance may help prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19, keeping workers safe and minimising the spread of the disease./.

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