Authorities in Hanoi have decided to shut down all karaoke parlors, bars, and discos as the capital has recorded 15 local COVID-19 infections since a new wave hit Vietnam last week.
The closure began at 0:00 on Monday and will last until further notice, the municipal People’s Committee announced on Sunday.
The administration required all eateries to apply COVID-19 prevention and control measures, regularly disinfect tables and chairs, prepare hand sanitizers, set up partitions and distance between seats, and tell all employees to wear face masks.
Local residents are asked to strictly follow the five rules of pandemic prevention and control, namely wearing face masks, washing hands, keeping safe distance, avoiding gatherings of crowds, and filling out health declaration forms.
Unnecessary gatherings, crowded activities, and ceremonies should be limited.
The administration also encouraged citizens to report cases of illegal entries from abroad and other violations of COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.
Authorities in districts and towns will carry out more patrols to inspect pandemic prevention and control measures at public places, markets, supermarkets, and restaurants.
The Hanoi People’s Committee also directed relevant agencies to promptly trace and quarantine all direct contacts of COVID-19 patients to prevent the disease from spreading further into the community.
The capital city has recorded 15 local coronavirus infections since Vietnam was blindsided by new outbreaks on Thursday last week.
Vietnam has confirmed 1,819 coronavirus cases, including 933 domestic infections, as of Monday morning, with 1,457 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Southeast Asian country had detected zero local infections for nearly two months before it uncovered the new outbreaks.