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All enterprises in Long An allowed to reopen

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The authorities of Long An Province yesterday, October 4, issued a plan to restore local business and production activities, including allowing all enterprises in the province to resume operations.

When enterprises resume normal operations, they can decide the number of employees based on their production demand and make arrangements for them to stay at their facilities after work or return home, reported VietnamPlus.

As for employees, they are required to get at least one Covid vaccine shot 14 days earlier and can travel freely within the province. They must meet requirements on Covid green passes if they need to commute between Long An and other localities. If experts, managers and employees need to commute between Long An and other localities, they have to use shuttle buses and get at least one shot within the last 14 days.

Employees also need to have certificates of a negative Covid PCR test result taken 72 hours before returning to work. Periodic Covid tests will be conducted in line with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines.

In addition, companies have to set up backup zones to quarantine Covid-infected employees and form medical teams in charge of monitoring the Covid situation at their facilities, as well as ensure compliance with Covid safety protocols.

If companies detect any infection, they have to report it to the local authorities, suspend the production line or workshop linked to the infections and quarantine the cases.

The provincial government asked the local authorities to monitor the operations of enterprises, proactively work out Covid response scenarios during the reopening period, give enterprises medical guidelines on anti-Covid measures and create favorable conditions for them to restart their businesses and comply with anti-virus regulations, according to Nguyen Minh Lam, vice chairman of the provincial government.

Long An is among the provinces that have been hit hard by the latest outbreak, with nearly 33,000 cases reported. After more than two months of enforcing the stay-at-home mandate under the prime minister’s Directive 16, the province’s socioeconomic development had been severely affected.

The province is home to nearly 13,500 enterprises, but only around 1,500 of them maintained operations during the stay-at-home period. In the year to September, the province’s industrial production index fell by 3.3% year-on-year, while the total retail sales and services revenue dropped over 4% against last year’s figure.

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