Da Nang to base Covid restrictions on threat level by locality

By Nguyen Dong   September 3, 2021 | 09:35 pm PT
Da Nang to base Covid restrictions on threat level by locality
Two members of a task force patrol along Tran Cao Van Street in Da Nang, September 3, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong
Da Nang will switch to less stringent social distancing requirements from Sunday based on the level of risk in each area.

After three weeks of requiring people to shelter in place, the central city has designated areas as red, yellow and green, meaning ‘very high risk,’ ‘high and medium risk’ and ‘low risk’ areas.

Red zones will be locked down for at least 14 days and people living inside will be tested regularly.

In yellow zones, anyone going outside must furnish a QR code pass and personal documents, strictly comply with the ministry’s rules of wearing masks, social distancing, no gatherings, completing health declarations, and wearing a face shield in case of direct contact.

People are allowed to buy goods and medicines at grocery stores and pharmacies within their residential areas and must have a travel pass issued by ward/commune authorities if they want to go outside of them.

Wholesale companies, commercial centers, supermarkets, and convenience stores are not allowed to sell goods directly to consumers, but only to organizations and individuals who are authorized to receive and distribute them to local residents.

Delivery persons can operate in yellow zones if they have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, and have to wear face shields, gloves and protective suits.

Banks, ports, airports, train stations, facilities inside industrial complexes, gas, electricity and water utilities, gasoline stations, and some government offices are allowed to reopen but the number of employees at any given time must be limited based on specific rules applicable for each.

In green zones, people can go grocery shopping at traditional markets once every five days. Only one person per household is allowed to go to the market and that person must have a valid QR code pass.

People are allowed to go walking and do other exercises in public places from 5 to 7 in the morning, but must keep a minimum distance of two meters from each other.

Restaurants and eateries are allowed to provide takeout and delivery services but cannot host guests.

The pandemic situation is still unpredictable, and the level of risk in each area can change from day to day, according to the city government.

Locals can use two sites to check the status of each area, covidmaps.danang.gov.vn and bit.ly/vungdovangxanh.

Chairman Le Chung Chinh has instructed district authorities to regularly update the list of red, yellow and green areas on the applications to ensure the public is updated.

Da Nang with a population of 1.1 million had ordered everyone to shelter in place from Aug. 16.

Before that it had imposed Directive 16, which contains the country’s most stringent social distancing rules and prohibits people from leaving home except for buying food or medicines and working.

In the ongoing wave that broke out four months ago, the city has had almost 4,500 community cases.

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