Under the decision signed February 8, all beauty salons, karaoke palours, nightclubs, restaurants, bars, massage and sauna parlours will be temporarily closed until further notice. The city will suspend e-game stores, wedding centres, tea shops, theatres, sports centres, and billiards stores.
Furthermore, all religious rituals and activities involving 20 people or more at sacred sites and places of worship must also be halted.
Despite these closures, gas stations, pharmacies supermarkets and health clinics will be permitted to remain open, although they will have to comply with relevant measures as regulated by health authorities.
Law-breakers will be strictly fined, according to the authorities.
As of February 8, a total of 13 locations throughout seven districts, where COVID-19 patients have been detected, went into lockdown.
HCM City has emerged as a new coronavirus hotspot in Vietnam after 29 cases were detected on February 7-8.
The country’s largest city has recorded 31 cases since the virus recurred in late January 2021.
The latest coronavirus outbreak has spread to 12 cities and provinces with 470 cases confirmed, mostly in Hai Duong province.