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Four districts in Binh Duong to relax social distancing

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The districts of Dau Tieng, Phu Giao, Bau Bang and Tan Uyen in Binh Duong Province will switch to less stringent social distancing measures in line with the stay-at-home mandate under the prime minister’s Directive 15, since a majority of these Covid-hit localities have turned into safe zones.

Dau Tieng District began to implement the social distancing order under Directive 15 starting today, September 6. Only a few hamlets in the district remain affected by the pandemic and they are expected to become Covid safe zones in the next few days.

The district will allow household businesses to resume operations but they have to strictly follow Covid-safe measures, while eateries were asked to offer only take-away services.

Meanwhile, the other three districts are considering the provincial government’s suggestion about easing the social distancing order in line with Directive 15 from today.

Earlier, the provincial government on August 31 asked the districts of Dau Tieng, Bau Bang, Phu Giao and Bac Tan Uyen to continue implementing the shelter-in-place order under the prime minister’s Directive 16 from September 1 to 5, while requiring Tan Uyen Town and the cities of Thuan An, Di An and Thu Dau Mot to do so until September 15.

Speaking at a meeting yesterday, the province’s anti-Covid authority requested the districts recognized as Covid safe zones to allow fully vaccinated residents or those vaccinated with the first shot and having a negative Covid test result to venture out of their homes. Fully vaccinated people will be granted a “green travel permit”, while those with just one Covid vaccine dose will be given a “yellow travel permit”.

From September 6 to 9, the residents of these four districts will be allowed to travel within their respective district. Inter-district travel in safe zones will be permitted later. Further, some Covid checkpoints will be removed to facilitate transportation.

As of now, the southern province has reported more than 132,000 Covid cases, including some 79,000 recoveries. Around 1.2 million residents in Binh Duong have been given the first Covid vaccine dose and more than 46,000 the second dose. With its efforts to speed up the vaccination progress, Binh Duong is set to bring the latest outbreak under control before September 15 upon the request of the prime minister.

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