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Hanoi allows resumption of indoor dine-in services from today

By Hoang Thang

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HCMC – Restaurants, food stalls and eateries in Hanoi City have been allowed to restart dine-in services from today, October 14, but only use 50% of their capacity.

The decision to ease indoor dine-in restrictions and other anti-pandemic measures was made by the Hanoi government on October 13 to bring the city to a new normal stage.

Under the decision, apart from cutting the usual seating capacity, restaurants and eateries offering dine-in services must ensure social distancing or install plastic divider curtains between customers.

The owners of restaurants, eateries or food stalls and employees there must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, while customers must make health declarations and scan QR codes.

Besides, the municipal government also allowed hotels and lodging facilities to resume, but operate at 50% of their capacity at most and must strictly follow Covid safety measures, while museums and parks were allowed to reopen, but were asked to reduce the number of visitors to 10 persons at a time.

As for passenger transport services, the city allowed buses and taxis to re-operate, asking them to comply with the guidelines of the Hanoi Department of Transport.

The municipal government also told the authorities of districts and towns to continue the operation of anti-Covid teams to monitor the health of residents and conduct regular Covid tests on those who live in extremely-high-risk and high-risk areas.

Harsh sanctions must be imposed on individuals, organizations or firms that violate anti-pandemic measures.

Earlier on September 21, Hanoi City applied Directive 15 allowing several services such as barber shops and takeaway eateries to reopen.

On September 28, the municipal government continued to allow residents to exercise outdoors, but still banned gatherings of more than 10 people, while shopping centers, and fashion and cosmetic stores were allowed to reopen.

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