Vietnam’s southern coastal province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau has resumed numerous services after more than two months of suspension, as the pandemic has been put under control in most of the locality.
In a decision issued on Wednesday, the provincial administration allowed various services and activities to reopen as the pandemic has been driven back in the whole province in general, except a few areas, thanks to over 60 days of implementing strict social distancing measures.
From 0:00 on Thursday, the province has shifted to applying the prime minister’s Directive No. 15 from Directive No. 16, which is more restrictive and had been applied in Ba Ria - Vung Tau since July 19, the decision said.
Workers are permitted to use their personal vehicles to go to work if their residences and workplaces are located in the same districts, towns or cities.
Construction works, including dwelling houses, are allowed to resume provided that they are surrounded by fences and the workforce at a site must not exceed 10 people.
Meetings are allowed so long as no more than 10 people gather in a room with a minimum area of 40 square meters.
In necessary cases when the number of attendees of a meeting exceeds the cap, they must be approved by local administrations.
Traditional markets for essential items, goods transporters, fish ports, and fishing vessels are also permitted to operate again provided that they strictly comply with epidemic prevention and control measures.
|This photo shows a beach without people as a result of the ongoing ban on sea bathing due to COVID-19 outbreaks in Vung Tau City, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. Photo: D.H. / Tuoi Tre|
Local authorities have also provided necessary instructions related to the reopened services and activities.
Meanwhile, the suspension order remains intact for the operations of resorts, night markets, restaurants, theaters, music centers, karaoke parlors, gyms, massage, spa and sauna facilities, and other leisure and recreational centers.
The same halt is applied to sea bathing, indoor and outdoor sports establishments, sports training centers, and public gymnastic activities.
In-person religious activities are also under suspension, while their virtual forms are recommended, the decision said.
Particularly, the island district of Con Dao will reopen under 'new normal' conditions following the prime minister’s less stringent Directive 19 from 0:00 on Thursday, but transport of passengers from and to the island is still subject to banning.
Transporting goods by sea to the island is allowed as long as epidemic prevention measures are strictly complied, the decision said.
To date, the province has put the pandemic under control in 70 out of its 82 communes, wards and towns, and there have no longer been areas at very high risk of COVID-19.
Since June 28, when the first coronavirus infection was detected in Ba Ria - Vung Tau, the province has documented 3,948 patients, of whom 3,888 have recovered, the provincial Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported on Wednesday evening.
The COVID-19 death toll in the province has been recorded at 42, according to the Ministry of Health’s data issued the same day.
Since the pandemic hit Vietnam in early 2020, the country has registered 718,963 infections, including 487,262 recoveries and 17,781 deaths, the ministry reported.
Except Cao Bang, the coronavirus has spread to 62 out of the country’s 63 cities and provinces, with Ho Chi Minh City topping the list with 354,175 patients, including 13,809 fatalities.