Hanoi markets adopt precautions against Covid

By Giang Huy   July 25, 2021 | 07:06 pm PT
Vendors at traditional markets in Hanoi have adopted various methods to comply with new social distancing guidelines amid a semi-lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Bach Khoa Market in Bach Khoa Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, has put up plastic screens to prevent contact between sellers and shoppers. A bottle of hand sanitizer is placed next to a board put up by the Ministry of Health at the entrance to remind people to follow preventive measures.


Vendors and buyers transact through the plastic screen.
The People's Committee of Bach Khoa Ward has staggered the schedule for vendors into even- and odd-numbered days. Only 70 can do business in a day as against the usual 150.


Thu, who sells tofu at the market, says: "I think using a plastic screen is very helpful for epidemic prevention. I also fully equip myself with protective gear because it is safer for me and shoppers."


Near Dong Xuan Market, the Dong Xuan Ward police have put up signs telling people not to drive into the market to avoid congestion and comply with preventive guidelines.


People have their temperature checked by medical staff and disinfect their hands before entering the market.


The road is marked to indicate where shoppers should stand to ensure social distancing.


Dong Xuan militia personnel patrol and remind traders at Thanh Ha Market to ensure there are no gatherings of more than three.
The capital began 15 days of social distancing last Saturday amid rising coronavirus concerns. The order, issued under Directive 16, which comprises the most stringent social distancing regulations, requires people to stay home and only go out for basic necessities such as buying food or medicines or to work at factories or businesses that are allowed to open.

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