Authorities in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam have allowed the reopening of many non-essential businesses and started welcoming back visitors, as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic has been controlled.
From 6:00 am on Sunday, such facilities as bars and pubs, online game centers, karaoke and massage parlors, cinemas, discos, and beauty salons have been allowed to resume their operations, in accordance with a decision issued by the provincial People’s Committee on Saturday.
Computer course, foreign language, life skill, and tutoring centers in the province are also reopened.
Suspension has been lifted from passenger transport services such as taxis, interprovincial coaches, contracted vehicles, and tourist buses.
Cultural activities, sports competitions, festivals, contests, shows, celebrations, exhibitions, religious ceremonies, and other public events with the gathering of more than 20 people are now permitted to take place.
Tourist attractions and areas, historical and cultural relics, and scenic spots can welcome over 20 visitors.
Travel companies are allowed to organize tours and receive visitors from neighboring Da Nang City and other localities that were previously hit by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
People arriving from Da Nang are no longer required to fill out health declaration forms, undergo home quarantine, or get tested for COVID-19.
The Quang Nam administration called on all residents to strive for the dual goal of COVID-19 prevention and social-economic development.
Certain prevention measures are still implemented in the province, including wearing face masks in public, washing hands regularly, keeping a safe distance from one another, and avoiding the gathering of large crowds outside of offices, schools, and hospitals.
Local authorities are still ready for any detection of community-based infections to promptly carry out necessary prevention and control methods.
Vietnam has documented 1,049 COVID-19 cases, with 805 having recovered and 35 fatalities as of Sunday morning, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
The country has not reported any infection in the community in the past three days.
A total of 551 local cases, mostly linked to Da Nang, have been registered since July 25, when the beach city reported the first domestic transmission after the nation had gone 99 days without any community-based infection.
Due to the complicated epidemic, Quang Nam authorities decided to shut down multiple non-essential businesses and entertainment facilities, and banned crowded activities from July 29.