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Ba Ria-Vung Tau eases social distancing

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province eased social distancing measures and began applying less stringent anti-pandemic restrictions in line with Directive 15 today, September 23, except for areas under lockdown, according to a decision issued by the provincial government on September 22.

Under the decision, social activities, events and conferences are allowed to resume, but must avoid gathering more than 10 persons at a time.

Apart from banning gatherings of over five persons in public places, the province ordered firms and agencies to operate with no more than 50% of their staff.

Residents are only allowed to go out for essential reasons, the local media reported.

Restaurants and eateries are allowed to reopen, but must offer only take-away services, while the province also allows the resumption of supermarkets, commercial centers and traditional markets.

In addition, construction projects and fishing ports are allowed to resume operations.

Production firms and enterprises active in the agro-fishery-forestry sector must apply the one route-two destination model.

The province continues to maintain the operation of coronavirus checkpoints at gateway areas to control vehicles and people entering the province.

Several non-essential services and activities such as massage and karaoke parlors, spas, cinemas, gyms and yoga centers, golf courses and sports clubs remain suspended, while beaches also remain shut.

Meanwhile, 10 wards, communes and towns in Vung Tau City and Long Dien District that have yet to keep the pandemic in check will continue adopting the stay-at-home mandate under Directive 16.

Since the ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province has reported over 4,000 Covid infections, with over 3,300 patients having made a full recovery. Some 70 of its 82 wards, communes and towns have brought the pandemic under control.

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