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Da Nang allows more services to reopen under relaxed social distancing rule

Da Nang allows more services to reopen under relaxed social distancing rule

Sunday, September 12, 2021, 16:04 GMT+7
Da Nang allows more services to reopen under relaxed social distancing rule
A man prepares a drink at a takeaway store in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang has lifted the embargo on in-person services of textbook stores, plus car, electricity, and plumbing repair shops as the coronavirus spread in the coastal city was principally put under control.

The relaxed measure was announced by Le Trung Chinh, chairman of the Da Nang People’s Committee during a meeting of the municipal Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Saturday.

The city must continue to uphold government-issued prevention measures, dependent on the level of transmission risk, Chinh said.

The ‘green zones,’ or areas deemed at a relatively low infection risk, will get to loosen various rules of the movement curb mandate, which has been in place since July 31 and included a ban on non-essential business and travels.

City authorities have approved the reopening of textbook stores, which will help K-12 students and parents prepare for the start of the 2021-2022 school year next week.

Under the new rules, car, electricity, and plumbing repair shops will also be allowed to reopen, while companies can bring more workers back in their manufacturing facilities in green zones, Chinh added.

Starting September 5, Da Nang has divided its districts into three categories of green, yellow, and red zones, with the warmer colors signifying the higher transmission threats.

While more stringent prevention rules are kept in place in red and yellow zones, residents in green zones face less rigid measures, including more frequent visits to traditional markets, food takeaway services, and outdoor exercises of up to two hours per day.

On Saturday, Da Nang reported 19 new COVID-19 infections, the lowest it has seen in the last two months.

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