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HCMC gyms, pubs, beer clubs reopen, bars remain closed

By Huu Cong    March 8, 2021 | 06:34 pm PT
HCMC gyms, pubs, beer clubs reopen, bars remain closed
Staff clean up inside a gym in HCMC, February 9, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
HCMC authorities have allowed some non-essential businesses like gyms, fitness centers, pubs, and beer clubs to reopen on Tuesday after the city went 26 days without Covid-19.

But bars, dance clubs and karaoke parlors will remain closed until further notice.

Catholic churches are also allowed to hold daily mass and other religious rites.

Most non-essential services had resumed operations on March 1 after nearly a month of closure though they have to ensure a minimum social distance of one meter.

Eating places cannot admit more than 30 people at a time.

People’s Committee Vice Chairman Duong Anh Duc warned however that the city faces a potential risk of transmission by illegal entrants. Last week police officers found 40 Chinese nationals who had illegally entered the country following raids on hotels in Districts 1 and Go Vap.

The hotels will be fined for failing to report to local authorities.

In the latest outbreak, HCMC has had 36 cases of Covid-19.

It is conducting random tests and monitoring people coming from infected areas to contain the spread.

Vietnam has reported 893 cases in 13 cities and provinces in the latest outbreak.

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