Hanoi has resumed numerous services after two months of suspension, as the COVID-19 epidemic has been brought under control.
In a directive issued on Monday, the city’s administration decided to allow various services and activities to reopen as the pandemic has been basically controlled thanks to nearly two months of implementing strict social distancing measures.
From 6:00 am on Tuesday, the city has shifted to applying the prime minister’s Directive No. 15 from Directive No. 16, which is more restrictive and had been applied in the Vietnamese capital city since July 24, the directive said.
Local authorities have announced a list of service establishments to resume operations, including providers of essential goods; supermarkets; convenience stores; minimarts; grocery stores; traders of flowers, fruits, and farm produce; pharmacies and suppliers of medical equipment; medical service providers; banks; treasuries; stock traders; and post and communications service providers.
Also on the list are transport and export and import service providers; drug detoxification centers; social support facilities; barbershops and hair salons; vehicle traders and repairers; electronics and household appliance stores; stationers and bookstores; suppliers of building materials and equipment; online traders; and food takeaway providers.
Hanoi requires agencies, offices, and businesses -- except for central agencies, armed forces, epidemic prevention and control units, diplomatic agencies, and international organizations -- to arrange for 50 percent of their staff to directly work at their facilities while the remainder will work from home.
Local authorities ban public gatherings of 10 people and more as well as meetings and events gathering more than 20 people in a room, except essential cases subject to strict epidemic prevention measures.
The administration requires a minimum distance of two meters between people in public places.
The city bans gatherings of 20 people and more at religious and worship sites, and all cultural, sports and recreational activities at public places.
It will also continue suspending public transport save for those serving epidemic prevention and control, official missions, diplomatic activities, and carrying workers and experts from and to enterprises.
Local authorities still maintain 22 COVID-19 checkpoints at the city’s gateways and 33 others in areas bordering neighboring provinces, but they will not check travel passes within the city.
App-based transport service providers are allowed to operate at no more than 50 percent of their vehicle fleet from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm every day.
Delivery workers must make health declarations every day and have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.
A funeral is required to take place within the family, with no more than 20 people getting together, and each visit group must not exceed five people, the directive said.
Since the pandemic erupted in Vietnam in early 2020, Hanoi has documented 4,423 COVID-19 cases, including 49 deaths, the Ministry of Heath reported on Monday evening.
Nationwide, the total number of coronavirus patients has reached 691,286, including 464,326 recoveries and 17,305 deaths.
The country ranks 47th among 222 countries and territories in COVID-19 infection cases, and its mortality rate is 0.4 percentage points higher than the global ratio of 2.5 percent.