Hanoi watering holes attract huge crowds on reopening day

By Tung Dinh   March 24, 2021 | 09:00 pm GMT+7
Hundreds of young people flocked to Hanoi’s Ta Hien Street on Tuesday to drink and hang out with friends, as bars, karaoke parlors and dance clubs reopened.
After remaining closed for nearly two months amid the nations latest Covid-19 outbreak, bars, karaoke parlors and dance clubs in the capital city are allowed to open starting Tuesday, March 23, 2021.With the latest permission, Hanoi has reopened all businesses and services that had been suspended following the latest Covid-19 outbreak in the country. Bars, karaoke parlors, dance clubs and Internet cafes were suspended starting February 2, while restaurants, street tea stalls and cafes were ordered closed starting February 16.

After remaining closed for nearly two months following the latest Covid-19 outbreak, bars, karaoke parlors and dance clubs in the capital were allowed to open on Tuesday.
All businesses in the country are now open. Bars, karaoke parlors, dance clubs, and Internet cafes were shut on February 2, and restaurants and street tea and coffee stalls, on February 16.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Hanois iconic Ta Hien beer street is filled with young people.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Hanoi's iconic Ta Hien beer street is filled with young people.

The streets attract more night owls at midnight.

The street remained packed at midnight.

A local bar attracts hundreds of patrons on its first days of reopening.

A bar that attracted hundreds of patrons.

People are required to wear face masks, sanitize their hands, and have their body temperatures checked before entering.

People were required to wear face masks to the bar, sanitize their hands and have their body temperatures checked before entering.

They are also required to submit online health declaration forms.

They were also required to submit online health declarations.

The first day of reopening day is a weekday, so we do not have a lot of patrons. On the weekend, we open until 1 a.m. and have thousands of customers. They have to wait for their entry, an employee at the bar told VnExpress.

A bar employee told VnExpress: "Since the day of reopening is a weekday, we did not have a lot of patrons. During weekends we open until 1 a.m. and get thousands of customers. They have to wait to enter."

We are excited because it has been a long time since I could feel this exciting and noisy vibe at night, a female customer said.As of Wednesday, Hanoi had gone over a month without a new domestic transmission of the novel coronavirus. The capital recorded 35 Covid-19 cases in the latest outbreak that was detected late January.

"We are excited because it has been a long time since we had this noisy vibe at night," a woman patron said.
Hanoi has now gone over a month without a Covid case. It recorded 35 during the latest outbreak that began in late January.

 
 
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