HCMC is applying social distancing measures under Directive 16 by the Prime Minister to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic, and non-essential shops are required to remain closed. Therefore, the shops selling lanterns and decorations for Mid-Autumn Festival, on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, have now become silent.
Previously, this street was busy for a month before the Mid-Autumn Festival. At present, it is sparse.
Two telecom employees shelter from the rain in front of a closed store.
Most of the shops on this street are closed.
The street, which was known as the largest decorative market in HCMC, no longer shows children's favorite toys such as star lanterns, lion heads and masks.
“I have closed the shop for more than 3 months. Usually at this time, this street is full of people to buy Mid-Autumn decorations. Hopefully, the pandemic will be controlled soon so that everyone can return to business," said a trader living in District 5.
The complicated development of the COVID-19 pandemic has made the residents in HCMC celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in an unprecedented way.
Meanwhile, Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, which was known a lantern street in the Mid-Autumn Festival, does not have a shadow of people passing by. This street is being barricaded to restrict travel to ensure the COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control work.
The atmosphere is in complete contrast to the days before the Mid-Autumn Festival last year (left) and this year (right) in the lantern street in HCMC.