Hanoi to stop non-essential services based on Covid risk

By Vo Hai   December 6, 2021 | 07:17 am PT
Hanoi to stop non-essential services based on Covid risk
Hanoians drink coffee on the sidewalk of Trich Sai Street in October 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Tung Dinh
Hanoi will suspend or prohibit non-essential services based on the local Covid-19 risk level under a decision taken Monday.

Districts may restrict or suspend the operation of non-essential services including food and beverage establishments, events with large gatherings and other activities based on the Covid risk level in their communes and wards.

They have also been asked to set up support groups to monitor the health of Covid-19 patients being treated at home. The support groups can comprise volunteers of women's unions, youth unions, students, teachers and others.

Volunteers must be under the age of 50 and fully vaccinated. They will receive information from newly detected Covid-19 patients, take samples for testing, provide quarantining and other information.

Hanoi allowed on-site dining and reopening of parks, hotels and public transportation mid-October after nearly two months of strict social distancing orders (July 24 to Sept. 21). The restrictions were relaxed gradually as the country moved towards the new normal of living with Covid.

Some non-essential services like karaoke parlors, bars and clubs remain closed.

As of Monday, Hanoi had recorded 13,679 cases in the ongoing outbreak that started in late April.

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