HCM City entertainment sector begins new normal reopening

A photo taken in March 2021 shows a karaoke bar in HCM City before all entertainment venues were forced to close due to the fourth outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo VNA/VNS

Nightclubs, bars, spas and massage parlors will be allowed to resume operations, but only if they have strict COVID prevention measures in place and are in areas currently considered “low risk”.

Cinemas will also reopen, as well as karaoke bars, libraries and video game establishments, but restrictions will be placed on the number of customers allowed in each room at any one time.

This decision comes after the popular committee of the city of HCM accepted, Tuesday, November 16, proposals aimed at putting the city back on track.

In addition to reviving the entertainment sector, other measures will be put in place to resume conferences, cultural and artistic performances, workshops, training and funerals.

These new measures will be a welcome relief to business owners and customers after months of lockdown.

But the measures will not mean a green light to return to the pre-pandemic situation. And visitors to the sites must respect the rules in force.

The lifting of restrictions comes just days after the country surpassed the 100 million mark for the total number of vaccinations administered.

The Ministry of Health has urged localities to speed up the vaccination campaign as it strives to have 100% of adults and children aged 12 to 17 vaccinated in the near future.

In the coming days, venues will prepare to reopen, but depending on their location, capacity will be limited.

In districts, municipalities and towns at medium risk of the spread of COVID-19, establishments are only authorized at 50% of their normal capacity.

High-risk areas can only operate at 25% capacity, but in those places spas, karaoke parlors and nightclubs must remain closed.

All service staff and customers must also have been vaccinated with both injections or show that they have recently fully recovered from the virus.

Visitors must also show that they have tested negative within the past 72 hours.

Transit service companies are allowed to reopen with 50% of their total vehicles, as the city’s status poses a medium risk of spreading COVID-19.

Traditional motorcycle taxi drivers will resume if the city’s status poses a low risk of spreading COVID-19.

According to HCM City’s COVID-19 Map on November 15, Thu Duc City and Districts of 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, Phu Nhuan, Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Go Vap and Cu Chi are at the lowest risk of spreading COVID-19.

The districts of 3, 10, 12, Binh Thanh, Binh Tan, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh and Nha Be are at medium risk of spreading COVID-19.

Can Gio district is at high risk of spreading COVID-19.

The city does not have any districts, wards, towns and cities at extremely high risk of spreading COVID-19.

Source: Vietnam News

Resumption of cultural, artistic and sporting activities

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