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Hanoi imposes time restrictions on motorbike delivery

Hanoi imposes time restrictions on motorbike delivery

Sunday, September 05, 2021, 14:11 GMT+7
Hanoi imposes time restrictions on motorbike delivery
An officer checks the travel permit of a delivery worker in Vietnam. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Hanoi have required motorbike-based delivery services to only send out packages from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm every day amid worries about COVID-19. 

The time bracket was mentioned in an official statement on motorbike delivery regulations that the Hanoi People’s Committee sent to relevant agencies on Saturday.

More specifically, city leaders have approved a proposal from the municipal Department of Transport, which requires motorbike-based delivery services to only operate from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. 

The measure is seen as an elevated attempt in containing the coronavirus spread during the current social distancing period, which has been going on in Hanoi since July. 

City leaders ordered the municipal Department of Public Security, the Department of Transport, and related agencies to sternly uphold the epidemic prevention guidelines in the upcoming weeks. 

Meanwhile, the Department of Industry and Trade, the Department of Information and Communications, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development must ensure that agencies and businesses in the capital city maintain epidemic safety for their delivery workers. 

As mandated by local authorities, these delivery workers must acquire valid coronavirus-negative test results before they are allowed to go on duty.

Tests on the workers will be conducted by the municipal Department of Health, according to the official statement.

On Saturday, Hanoi announced plans to grant travel permits to six groups of residents allowed to go out for necessary work from next week to facilitate their travel during this COVID-19 social distancing period.

The city has shut down all public transport services, including buses, taxis as well as passenger and delivery services on ride-hailing apps, as part of strengthened curbs introduced on July 24. 

Dedicated delivery teams of supermarkets and convenience stores are still permitted to distribute essential items to customers.

Since the fourth wave of coronavirus erupted in Vietnam in April, Hanoi has documented 3,520 cases, the municipal Department of Health reported on Sunday.

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