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Bars, discos, karaoke shops reopen in Hanoi

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 15:35 GMT+7
Bars, discos, karaoke shops reopen in Hanoi
A man has his samples collected for COVID-19 testing in Hanoi. Photo: Hoan Le / Tuoi Tre

Bars, discos, and karaoke shops in Hanoi have been permitted to reopen as authorities continue to loosen COVID-19 prevention and control measures in the capital.

Vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung said at a meeting on Monday that local bars, discos, and karaoke parlors would be allowed to resume operations from 0:00 on Tuesday.

All customers of these venues are required to fill out health declarations and install the Bluezone contact tracing app on their smartphones.

Local authorities have been loosening COVID-19 prevention and control measures to focus on socio-economic development in the new situation, Dung stated.

However, the risk of virus spread in the capital is still high compared to other localities in the northern region.

The vice-chairman tasked competent agencies with carrying out regular inspection at non-essential businesses and services to make sure COVID-19 prevention and control regulations are strictly followed.

Bars, discos, and karaoke parlors in Hanoi were previously shut down from February 1 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The capital has not detected any local infections for over a month.

In related news, authorities in the southern province of Dong Nai have also reopened bars, discos, and karaoke shops from Tuesday as the pandemic is currently under control.

These services had been shuttered in the province since February 9.

Vietnam has documented 2,575 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday morning, with 2,234 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

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