Hanoi district fines non-mask wearers $13,800 over holiday

By Phan Anh   May 4, 2021 | 12:24 am PT
Hanoi district fines non-mask wearers $13,800 over holiday
A coronavirus checkpoint in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem District instructs people to wear masks in public, November 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Tat Dinh.
Hanoi's downtown district Hoan Kiem fined 134 people more than VND300 million ($13,800) during the four-day holiday weekend for not wearing masks.

Bui Van Dang, deputy head of the Hoan Kiem police department, said the people, including four foreigners, were fined VND319 million in total from April 30, the beginning of the four-day Reunification Day and Labor Day holiday. On Monday alone, Hoan Kiem fined 22 people a total of VND44 million, local media reported.

Those found not wearing face masks in public would have to pay a fine of up to VND3 million, according to Vietnam's pandemic prevention regulations.

In Dong Anh District, five people were fined VND10 million for the same violation during the holiday.

Vietnam's latest coronavirus outbreaks have seen 36 community transmissions since last week in six localities: Ha Nam, Hanoi, Hung Yen, Ho Chi Minh City, Vinh Phuc and Da Nang.

Hanoi has confirmed four community transmissions, three of them making contact with a Ha Nam man who returned from Japan and tested positive after completing his two-week centralized quarantine, and the other one making close contact with an infected Chinese expert on a flight from Da Nang to Hanoi on April 29.

The capital has suspended non-essential services like bars, karaokes and dance clubs, as well as street food vendors and cafes to prevent the disease from spreading.

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