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HCMC Trade Dept. proposes easing indoor dining restrictions

By Dao Loan

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Industry and Trade today, October 19, wrote to the municipal government to seek its approval for a plan to ease indoor dining restrictions in the city, instead of only allowing take-away services.

According to the department, after the city relaxed mobility restrictions for 15 days, eateries in the city have gradually resumed operations, but the number of facilities that reopened remained low and has yet to meet the demand among local residents.

Accordingly, the department proposed the city’s government allow eateries to offer both dine-in and take-away services, except for businesses selling alcoholic drinks, to meet the demands of the local people as well as to pave the way for the recovery of the local economy and further the tourism sector.

Under the proposal, restaurants or eateries should operate at 50% capacity, follow Covid safety protocols and must close before 9 p.m. daily. They must also serve no more than two customers per table and ensure a physical distance of at least two meters between tables.

Further, customers using indoor dine-in services have to be fully vaccinated.

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