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Hoi An reopens after enhanced social distancing

Friday, September 25, 2020, 18:59 GMT+7

Hoi An Ancient Town in central Quang Nam Province started welcoming tourists again on Thursday after two months of social distancing to stall COVID-19, offering a 50 percent discount on admission fees at many well-known destinations.

According to Truong Thi Ngoc Cam, director the Center for Culture, Sports, Radio and Television of Hoi An City, promenades in the famous tourist attraction have resumed operations.

A 50 percent discount on admission fees at all destinations will be applicable until the end of October.

Local authorities have plans to extend the discount program until the end of this year.

Motorized vehicles will be banned from entering the ancient quarter from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

Art and performance activities have also been organized in the area, including the 'bai choi' folk singing game at the An Hoi junction or the blindfolded pot smashing game on Chau Thuong Van Street.

Other performances, such as the 'Tieng Duong Cam' (The Sound of Piano) music show, 'Trang phuc Hoi An – Ky uc thoi gian' (Hoi An Fashion – Memories of Time) fashion show, are available on weekends. Street stalls and shops have also been reopened.

During the social distancing period, the local government upgraded public facilities and expanded sidewalks to improve tourism services.

A new lighting system has been installed on Le Loi Street and Hai Ba Trung Street, while the decorative lighting system of Hoi An City has been improved.

Other tourist attractions in Hoi An, including Tra Que Vegetable Village, Cam Thanh Coconut Village, and Thanh Ha Pottery Village, have been opened again with some discount programs.

On Wednesday, Hoi An City’s government gave approval for the Quang Nam Tourism Association and some households to organize Tan Thanh Market on Nguyen Phan Vinh Street every Saturday, from early October to the end of this year.

Traders at the market are encouraged to sell local handicraft products and specialties.

The city started suspending all activities on July 28 in the wake of a fresh outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in neighboring Da Nang three days earlier.

With more than 30 positive cases, Hoi An was one of the two epicenters of Quang Nam Province.

Meanwhile, Da Nang released its last COVID-19 patient from the hospital on Wednesday, said the Ministry of Health.

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Xuan Tung - Thai Ba Dung / Tuoi Tre News

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