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Ho Chi Minh City closes children’s playgrounds, sporting areas for stricter COVID-19 prevention

Ho Chi Minh City closes children’s playgrounds, sporting areas for stricter COVID-19 prevention

Friday, May 14, 2021, 13:54 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City closes children’s playgrounds, sporting areas for stricter COVID-19 prevention
A child plays at a playground in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Ha / Tuoi Tre

Children’s playgrounds and community sporting activities in Ho Chi Minh City have been halted following an order issued by the municipal Department of Construction on Thursday to ramp up COVID-19 prevention and control.

The construction department directed the units under its management to suspend all children’s playgrounds, sporting and physical training activities, and regular and periodic community activities in parks, green spaces, and other public places.

The units were also tasked with erecting barriers and signboards aimed at preventing people from entering those gathering places.

Park management boards have to charge staff with stationing at the entrances to offer explanation and guidance and make sure people strictly follow the regulations on keeping distance inside the parks to prevent transmission.

Construction works in the city can continue as normal as long as operators and staff comply with disease prevention rules.

Visitors and workers are subject to body temperature measurement before entering and exiting construction sites.

Workers must wear face masks, wash hands, disinfect equipment and machines, and keep a distance of at least oner meter from each other.

The units in charge of the works must check on their foreign workers and experts, who come into the country from virus-hit areas, and inform authorities so that quarantine can be carried out in accordance with regulations.

Project investors and contractors who fail to meet the above requirements will have their projects suspended from operations for COVID-19 prevention.

Currently, Ho Chi Minh City authorities have temporarily suspended bars, discos, karaoke parlors, cinemas, theaters, wedding venues, indoor sporting centers, gyms, and spas.

Gatherings of more than 30 people in public places have also been banned.

Ho Chi Minh City has recorded one local infection in the most recent COVID-19 resurgence in Vietnam.

The country has logged 729 domestic cases since April 27.

The national tally stood at 3,756 patients, with 2,657 recoveries and 35 virus-related deaths, as of Friday afternoon.

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