Ha Long, a tourism city on Vietnam’s northern coast and home to Ha Long Bay, has reopened beaches and various physical activities after most of its adult population received their COVID-19 vaccinations.
The administration of the city, part of Quang Ninh Province, on Sunday decided to reopen since the city has inoculated around 90 percent of residents aged 18 and older.
Such resumption is part of the city's steps to meet its double goal of fighting COVID-19 and promoting socio-economic development, after months of suspension due to the pandemic, local authorities said.
Public beaches, football fields, gyms, fitness facilities, yoga centers, and billiards clubs have been allowed to re-operate from Sunday noon.
Activities to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Tuesday, will also be conducted.
The city’s authorities require all individuals and organizations engaging in such activities to fully implement epidemic prevention measures.
Administrations of all levels must strengthen their supervision over compliance with COVID-19 prevention and control regulations and strictly handle violations.
Nearly 830,000 people have received at least one vaccine dose in Quang Ninh to date, according to the provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
Ha Long City, whose Ha Long Bay was recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage in 1994, takes the lead in the province in COVID-19 vaccination coverage.
Quang Ninh is striving to vaccinate 100 percent of adult residents in the near future.
Vietnam has administered 27.57 million first shots and 6.51 million second doses since inoculation was rolled out on March 8, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.
Since the pandemic hit the country in early 2020, Quang Ninh, with a population of over 1.4 million, has documented 124 COVID-19 patients and no deaths.
Overall, the country has registered 687,063 infection cases, including 457,505 recoveries and 17,090 fatalities, the ministry said.