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Ho Chi Minh City sets options for firms to resume operation amid social distancing

Ho Chi Minh City sets options for firms to resume operation amid social distancing

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 11:50 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City sets options for firms to resume operation amid social distancing
This illustration image shows workers at an enterprise in Vietnam. Photo: Chau Pham / Tuoi Tre

Enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City will be allowed to resume operation during the social distancing period if they are able to function under one of the four required operating models, local authorities have announced.

The announcement was made in an urgent dispatch issued by the city’s administration on Monday regarding measures to be taken for epidemic prevention and control from now until September 15.

The city will allow five to ten percent of enterprises to resume their operation during the current social distancing period so long as they are capable of operating according one of the four following optional models.

The first model is 'three on the spot,' under which workers will work, eat, and rest within their enterprises, or 'three on the spot by shift,' which means the model is applied in shifts.

In the second model, 'one route for two locations,' enterprises organize transportation of workers from their collective living quarters arranged by the firms to their workplaces and vice versa.

The third model includes 'four greens,' with 'four' implying workers, routes, workplaces and accommodations and 'green' meaing free from the novel coronavirus.

Under this model, 'green' workers are permitted to travel on their personal vehicles between their 'green' homes and 'green' work sites through a 'green' route within proper periods, without stopping at or going through areas at high and very high risks of COVID-19 infection.      

In the last option, enterprises are required to operate in a method based on a combination of the other three models.

The city’s administration on Sunday decided to extend the social distancing period by one month to better curb the pandemic, as it has recently become the country’s largest hotspot of COVID-19, with thousands of infections per day.   

The city will continue applying social distancing measures under the prime minister’s Directive No. 16 from August 16 to September 15.

Restrictions under the directive include the closure of non-essential businesses and services, a stay-home order, a ban on gatherings larger than two people, a minimum two-meter distance between people, and the suspension of public transport.

Local authorities have imposed curbs at various levels since May 31.

Since the pandemic hit Vietnam in early 2020, Ho Chi Minh City has documented over 154,000 COVID-19 cases, including 4,912 deaths, the Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday morning.

Nationwide, the tally of infection cases has reached 283,696, including 281,251 domestic and 2,445 imported patients, of which 106,977 have recovered and 6,141 died.

Since late April, when the pandemic’s fourth outbreak erupted in Vietnam, the country has registered 279,681 cases, or 99.4 percent of the total count, with the highly contagious Delta variant dominant in most of the infections. 

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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