Delivery workers have been permitted to travel between different districts in Ho Chi Minh City to deliver essential goods to customers since Monday as the earlier cross-district prohibition was rescinded.
Users can purchase essential goods from any sellers in any districts and Thu Duc City.
Multi-service platforms such as Grab and Gojek and the specialized food delivery app ShopeeFood, which was recently rebranded from Now, have also announced the resumption of their inter-district delivery services from Monday.
The Ho Chi Minh City administration’s decision to remove the previous single-district restriction, which banned delivery workers from transporting goods from one district to another, has been warmly received as residents’ high shipping demand is met.
As before, designated delivery workers must have appropriate uniforms and logos on their deliveries, as well as different documents and licenses.
Their operating time remains from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm every day.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest coronavirus hotspot at the moment, has recorded 152,627 local COVID-19 cases since the fourth wave hit the country in late April.
The southern metropolis has undergone weeks of strict social distancing under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 and will continue following those extensive pandemic prevention measures until September 15.
As all residents are requested to stay indoors and only go outside with appropriate reasons according to the directive, many have depended on delivery services for essential products.
As of Tuesday morning, Vietnam had documented 283,696 COVID-19 cases, with 106,977 recoveries and 6,141 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has detected 279,681 domestic transmissions in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities in this fourth bout.