PM approves resuming non-essential services as Vietnam shows bright signs in COVID-19

May 08, 2020 | 12:27
Non-essential business services have been allowed to be reopened, with the exception of nightclubs and karaoke parlours, but all establishments have to ensure the conditions for COVID-19 prevention and control, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on May 7.
pm approves resuming non essential services as vietnam shows bright signs in covid 19
Even non-essential services can now resume normal business operations

Even after Vietnam's impressive 21-day streak without a new COVID-19 patient was broken today when authorities diagnosed 17 new patients, pandemic control measures are being gradually eased.

The 17 new patients have arrived from the United Arab Emirates and have been isolated as soon as they entered the country to then subsequently be diagnosed with the virus. A fortunate turn of events is that all new patients are not transmissible.

Preventive measures will continue to be implemented, specifically, people arriving in Vietnam from overseas must be subject to compulsory concentrated in isolation for 14 days, however, experts, skilled workers, and investors will be under appropriate on-site quarantine.

People are still forced to wear face masks and clean their hands upon entering public places or public transportation.

The limit on the number of passengers on public transport, such as airplanes, buses, trains, and ships was also approved to be removed, according to the PM.

Students are not required to implement social distancing and wear face masks during classes but have to ensure personal hygiene and wash their hands regularly, while doors and windows are recommended to be open. Schools should step up measures of surface disinfection, cleaning classrooms and toilets.

Aside from the resumption of non-essential businesses, PM Phuc also allows the organisation of certain sports activities and events with a large number of people, but attendees must wear masks and sanitise their hands.

Regarding the customs clearance on the Vietnam-China border, the PM has authorised reopening a number of auxiliary border gates and entrances proposed by Lang Son and Quang Ninh provinces.

As for other sub-border gates and entrances, PM Phuc allows the provincial authorities to carefully consider the actual local situation and proactively reopen the sub-border gates and crossings in their locality in accordance with Decree No.112/2014/ND-CP. Only the sub-border gates and crossings with large volumes of goods, especially agro-forestry and fishery products, seafood exports, and essential commodities for domestic production are resumed.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism was assigned to develop tourism promotion plans both at home and abroad to stimulate market demand following several months of stagnation as a result of the COVID-19.

By Tu My

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