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Saigon reopens bars, dance clubs after over a month

By Huu Cong   March 19, 2021 | 04:03 am PT
Saigon reopens bars, dance clubs after over a month
A restaurant on the Bui Vien walking street in HCMC's District 1 closes down with all the Lunar New Year decorations, February 9, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Van.
HCMC authorities have allowed 500 karaoke parlors and 180 bars and dance clubs to resume operations Friday night after over a month of closure.

The closure had been ordered amid the nation’s third Covid-19 outbreak and the reopening follows the city going 36 clean days without any community transmission.

However, business establishments have to ensure adoption of pandemic prevention measures regulated by the Health Ministry.

Vietnam's largest city had shut down all non-essential services on February 9 after registering a series of community transmissions linked to a cluster at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Of the 36 community transmissions HCMC has recorded in the nation’s latest outbreak that began on Jan. 28, one is linked to Hai Duong Province, Vietnam's current Covid-19 epicenter, and 35 with the airport.

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