HCMC – A host of activities in Danang, a popular tourist destination in central Vietnam, will be back to normal starting from tomorrow, September 30, as part of the central city’s reopening plan after several months of suspension due to the impact of the latest coronavirus outbreak.
Municipal chairman Le Trung Chinh yesterday issued Directive 8 over the city’s measures to safely live with Covid-19, reported the local media.
Under Directive 8, local residents can access beaches in the morning from 4:30 to 6:30. But they are still disallowed to gather on the beach for entertainment, sports, food and are required to stay at least one meter apart and wear masks before and after bathing in the sea. Beach showers and other services at beaches and in park areas will remain shut, except for parking sites and locker rooms.
Local wet markets can reopen provided that they arrange a maximum of 50% of booths to offer their services and install curtain dividers between sellers and buyers. Vendors and those working at the markets must get at least one Covid vaccine shot 14 days earlier or have recovered from Covid. Each family representative can go to the market every three days and must show an admission slip with a QR code to enter.
Indoor meetings, events held by State agencies, businesses, except those allowed by the authorities, must not gather more than 20 people in a room. The maximum limit can be 100 people if the participants are fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid no more than six months ago.
The city will also allow religious facilities to reopen but has banned large gatherings of more than 30 people at the same time in these locations. Outdoor and indoor sports activities without close contact are also subject to reopening and must not gather more than 20 people.
Besides, hotels and lodging facilities are required to operate at 30% capacity. If guests are fully vaccinated or declared free from Covid, they can operate at 50% capacity.
Public passenger transport vehicles must not use more than 50% of their seats. Goods delivery workers must wear medical face masks, gloves and disinfect hands regularly and have received at least one vaccine dose 14 days ago or have recovered from Covid.
Hair salons can reopen if the owner and the staff have received at least one dose 14 days prior to the resumption and are required to serve a maximum of three customers at the same time.
People participating in the above activities have to practice anti-virus measures and are encouraged to wear face shields. They will also be provided with a QR code to visit public places, go to work or school, and use other services.
Meanwhile, the city will continue to shut activities including business facilities, entertainment services, beauty salons (except hair salons), karaoke and massage parlors, bars, cinemas, casinos; cultural, sports, and art events; pedestrian streets, night markets; gyms, yoga studios and billiards.
Moreover, in-person teaching and learning activities at education facilities, dine-in services and interprovincial passenger transport services will remain shut.
Since May 3, Danang has reported more than 4,900 Covid cases. Over 713,000 people in the city have received their first shot, while over 84,000 have been fully inoculated against the coronavirus.