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Hanoi reopens hair salons, dine-in service after long suspension

Hanoi reopens hair salons, dine-in service after long suspension

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 11:20 GMT+7
Hanoi reopens hair salons, dine-in service after long suspension
An aerial view of Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Photo: Philippe Le / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Hanoi on Monday evening issued a decision to allow the resumption of hair salons and sit-down service in restaurants from Tuesday.

The decision was made based on the actual COVID-19 situation in the capital city and the proposals of grassroots authorities and relevant agencies on easing a number of prevention measures, according to the municipal People’s Committee.

From 0:00 on Tuesday, hairdressing service is allowed to operate normally.

Facilities providing dine-in service have to ensure a required distance and install dividers between customers.

Restaurants are required to serve no more than 20 people at a time and close before 9:00 pm every day.

Drinking establishments, pubs, and beer restaurants are only permitted to sell takeout.

Chu Xuan Dung, deputy chairman of Hanoi, requested the owners of the aforementioned services and businesses strictly apply measures for pandemic prevention and control, especially health declaration and keeping track of customers’ information.

Dung ordered relevant units to beef up monitoring of all passenger transport vehicles through COVID-19 checkpoints, especially those carrying people involved in trading activities and traveling between Hanoi and virus-hit regions like Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Da Nang.

Monday’s decision asserted the responsibilities of aviation authorities at Noi Bai International Airport in keeping track of all passengers permanently or temporarily residing in the capital city after boarding flights from Ho Chi Minh City.

The Hanoi People’s Committee requires all people traveling from virus-hit areas to Hanoi to strictly perform online medical declarations within 24 hours since their arrival, in addition to complying with other prevention measures according to regulations set by the Ministry of Health.

On May 5, the municipal People’s Committee decided to suspend massage parlors, movie centers, spa facilities, and gyms to curb the coronavirus spread.

Six days later, when the epidemic situation got more complicated, the local government requested the closure of all local beer catering points until further notice, while ordering the shutdown of all unofficial markets.

Since May 25, the municipal authorities had suspended all dine-in food and beverage outlets, allowing them to sell takeaway only, among other restrictions.

The latest domestic infection in Hanoi was recorded in an isolated area on June 19.

In a morning update released on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health confirmed 47 new COVID-19 cases, including 36 infections in Ho Chi Minh City.

The new cases have taken the country’s tally of patients to 13,530, including 5,453 recoveries and 69 deaths.

As many as 10,258 local infections have been logged since April 27, when the fourth virus wave erupted in the country.

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