Da Nang mulls reopening tourist destinations, resorts from early October

By Nguyen Dong   September 24, 2021 | 02:43 am PT
Da Nang mulls reopening tourist destinations, resorts from early October
The five-star Furama Resort Danang is seen from above. Photo courtesy of the resort
Da Nang, a popular tourism hotspot, plans to relax social distancing measures from Oct. 1 to allow tourist destinations, resorts and accommodation facilities to resume operation.

This is part of the city's efforts to resume socio-economic activities after several months of suspension as the pandemic situation in Da Nang has been brought under control.

From Oct. 1 to 15, the city plans to allow meetings, along with indoor and outdoor events with less than 30 people. Those having received two doses of a Covid vaccine would be permitted to attend indoor activities with less than 100 people and outdoor events of no more than 200.

Non-essential services except bars, karaoke parlors, spa and massage parlors could resume operation while hotels, resorts and accommodation facilities are allowed to reopen their doors to tourists.

The city would also allow religious sites and tourist destinations to reopen but ensure no large crowds of more than 30 people at a time.

During the ongoing coronavirus wave, Da Nang has recorded nearly 4,900 cases. The rate of new community transmissions per 100,000 people on a weekly basis has been on a downward trend as only 10 new domestic infections have been recorded over the past two weeks.

Da Nang had ordered everyone to stay home from Aug. 16.

Before that, it had imposed Directive 16, which contains the country’s most stringent social distancing rules and prohibits people from leaving home except for buying food or medicines and working.

Over 665,000 residents have been vaccinated so far, including over 80,000 who got two doses.

Since early May, Da Nang suspended tourism activities as it grappled with a series of Covid clusters.

The impact of Covid-19 has severely impacted the tourism industry. Da Nang received more than 8.6 million visitors in 2019 and earned tourism revenues of VND31 trillion.

Due to border closures and flight suspensions, the number of visitors to Da Nang last year fell 45 percent year-on-year to 3.9 million.

As of late last year, more than half of travel and accommodation businesses in the tourist city suspended operation while more than 30,000 tourism staff lost their jobs.

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