Hanoi allows barbershops, malls, on-site workers

By Vo Hai   September 20, 2021 | 09:04 am PT
Hanoi allows barbershops, malls, on-site workers
People walk on Trang Tien Street in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem District, September 20, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy
Hanoi will relax its social distancing order starting Tuesday, reopening malls, barbershops and allowing business to resume on-site operations at 50 percent capacity.

A directive to this effect issued Monday night by municipal People's Committee Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh would allow businesses, offices and corporations to resume on-site operations at 50 percent capacity – half the workforce working onsite and the other half remotely.

Malls, fashion shops, cosmetic stores, barbershops, repair shops for vehicles and electrical appliances, stores that sell books, office and studying tools, business activities on e-commerce platforms and online delivery can resume, starting 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Other establishments that will reopen include markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, clinics, rehab facilities and other essential businesses like banks and postal services.

The decision does not apply to organizations belonging to the central government, armed forces, coronavirus fighting units, diplomatic entities and international organizations.

However, conferences and gatherings with more than 20 people in the same room are banned, except for certain events approved by authorities wherein 50 percent of a space’s maximum capacity would be allowed. Funerals can be held with no more than 20 people present.

No gathering of more than 10 people would be allowed outside of offices, schools and hospitals. All religious ceremonies and activities of more than 20 people remain suspended. The same applies to all cultural, sports and entertainment activities in public.

Public transportation including buses, taxis and ride-hailing services remain suspended, except for diplomatic services and certain purposes like coronavirus management.

Food and beverage establishments can only sell takeaways and must close before 9 p.m.

People should only go out for essential reasons like buying food, medications, going to work, see the doctor and other emergencies.

Covid-19 checkpoints at Hanoi's gateways would remain in place and people entering the city from areas still under strict social distancing order will need authorities approval.

Also Monday, Hanoi announced that travel permits would no longer be required on the road.

The capital has undergone a series of social distancing orders since July 24. It has recorded 3,928 Covid-19 cases since.

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