Stores providing essential goods and services are allowed to open, along with traditional markets, shopping centres, stores for stationery, textbooks, and other learning equipment, mechanics, electronics, and home appliances and in-door hairdressing salons.
A street in Hanoi (Photo: baochinhphu.vn)
Restaurants and food and drink establishments are permitted to reopen for delivery only and must close before 9pm every day.
Motorbike delivery services, including those using ride-hailing apps will continue to operate from 9am to 10pm but shippers must be vaccinated with at least one dose, make daily health declarations and strictly observe COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.
Under the new measures, agencies and offices of Hanoi and the central Government based in the capital city, companies, enterprises and corporations must develop arrangements to ensure half of their staff work online and half work at office.
Meetings and events are allowed with the number of participants not exceeding 20 within one room.
Funeral services must not have more than 20 attendants.
Factories and manufacturing establishments outside industrial zones and clusters must strictly follow preventive guidelines and take the initiative in building safe production plans.
The social distancing is loosened but the city continues to keep 22 checkpoints at the city’s gateways and 33 other checkpoints at the entrances to other localities to control people leaving and entering the city, especially from high-risk areas.
The Hanoi Flag Tower on Dien Bien Phu street. (Photo: VNA)
The city also proposed the Ministry of Transport continue suspending all domestic commercial flights arriving at Noi Bai International Airport as well as railway services transporting passengers to Hanoi.
Sport, cultural and entertainment activities at public areas and business establishments and religious gatherings and celebrations are still banned.
Hanoi's authorities have set three targets in the coming time, with the top priority given to ensuring public health and safety for the city as a whole; along with exerting efforts to bring the pandemic under control and fully vaccinate people of eligible age; and adjusting measures in accordance with developments of the pandemic so as to guarantee social welfare and business activities in the city.
Activities in quarantine sites, sealed-off and high-risk areas will be regulated in a flexible manner in tandem with the situation.
Local people are asked to adhere to the Ministry of Health’s 5K principle./.