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23 wet markets in Can Tho reopen

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – After months of suspension to slow the spread of the coronavirus, 23 of the 105 wet markets in Can Tho have resumed operations, said a local official yesterday, November 11.

According to Ha Vu Son, director of the municipal Department of Industry and Trade, the 23 markets reopened in eight of the nine districts in the Mekong Delta city, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.

These markets saw around 30%-70% of vendors resume their services. All of the vendors have received at least one Covid vaccine shot for 14 days. Moreover, booths at the markets were rearranged to ensure a safe physical distance between sellers and buyers amid coronavirus fears.

Besides this, the market management boards issued Covid safety guidelines and took measures to separate the entry and exit points at the markets to limit close contact and large gatherings.

Son added that although many local markets resumed operations, the purchasing power remains low, and vendors are still hesitant about continuing their operations due to concerns over the complicated Covid situation.

Earlier, the city’s Department of Industry and Trade had issued guidelines on reopening local wet markets citywide. At markets in areas at low, moderate, and high risk of Covid transmission, visitors were required to practice anti-Covid measures and declare their health status via the PC-Covid app.

In addition, all vendors and those working at the markets must have received at least one shot 14 days before resumption or should have recovered from the disease in the last six months.

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