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Ho Chi Minh City to reopen non-essential businesses next month

Ho Chi Minh City to reopen non-essential businesses next month

Discos, bars, karaoke parlors, pubs, beer clubs, and sports facilities in enclosed space will remain shuttered until further notice

Ho Chi Minh City to reopen non-essential businesses next month
People are pictured at Bui Vien Walking Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have decided to reopen non-essential businesses and services from early March, except for discos, bars, karaoke parlors, and indoor sports facilities.

The municipal People’s Committee has sent a document to relevant agencies regarding COVID-19 prevention and control measures in the coming time.

Accordingly, all citizens are required to continue complying with the five rules of pandemic prevention and control, namely wearing face masks, washing hands, keeping safe distance, avoiding large gatherings, and filling out health declarations.

Discos, bars, karaoke parlors, pubs, beer clubs, and sports facilities in enclosed space will remain shuttered until further notice.

Other non-essential services and businesses will be allowed to reopen from March 1, but strict pandemic prevention and control measures will have to be applied.

All activities at these venues must ensure an at-least-one-meter distance between people.

Eateries and cafés must not serve over 30 people at a time.

Religious activities must not include more than 50 participants at a time, while a one-meter-distance rule must be kept.

Ho Chi Minh City chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong previously required all beauty salons, karaoke shops, discos, pubs, bars, pubs, beer clubs, massage parlors, saunas, online game centers, wedding reception centers, cafés, theaters, cinemas, gyms, and other sports facilities to cease operations from February 9.

The city recorded 36 community-based COVID-19 cases between February 6 and 11.

A total of 35 locations in 10 districts and Thu Duc City were sealed off to prevent the disease from spreading further into the community.

As of Tuesday afternoon, lockdown had been lifted from all of these locations.

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