The Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has issued a set of safety assessment criteria for eateries, food businesses, supermarkets, and shopping malls to reopen. There are six criteria for catering service providers and seven for supermarkets, shopping malls, and food retailers. Catering service - The establishment must have a certificate of food safety. - The establishment must ensure food safety conditions in accordance with regulations. - Employees, customers, and delivery workers must strictly follow health authorities’ pandemic prevention and control instructions. All staff members have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and test negative for the novel coronavirus. - All people have to follow basic pandemic prevention measures, namely wearing face masks, sanitizing hands, and keeping a minimum distance of two meters. - The delivery area must be separated from the remaining sections, while hand sanitizer, antiseptic, and hand … [Read more...] about How can food establishments reopen in Ho Chi Minh City after COVID-19 halt?
Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen speaks at a working session with Binh Tan District . (Photo: SGGP) He asked Binh Tan District to put more effort into controlling the pandemic and giving knowledge and essential life skills to local people for a new normal, where its people can live with the virus. It's entirely impossible that the district may turn into a green, clean and safe area at least at this time. The people need to know how to use a Covid-19 self test and monitor themselves for symptoms of coronavirus. The district must maintain the mobile healthcare stations’ operation, promote the public and private medical systems and the combination of western and oriental medicine in treating Covid-19 patients. At the meeting (Photo: SGGP) Vaccination is the key to further economic recovery, reopening and reducing the spread of the virus, the number of new cases and severe patients, and mortality in patients with Covid-19. Vaccine and testing are … [Read more...] about Vaccine is top factor for reopening plan: HCMC Party Chief
Hanh in District 7 has mobilized her family to restart her noodle shop after failing to find a waiter. "As the city requires workers to be fully vaccinated, I have not been able to find anyone. We are running at half our pre-pandemic capacity." The shop could only resume full service if the city completely reopens by early next month, she added. Loan, a rice vendor in the same district, faces the same headache as it is not easy to find a fully vaccinated sales or delivery person. This is happening while demand is rising and people are starting to make purchases in-person, she added. At least 150 businesses in District 7 have been allowed to resume operation with a "green business" as HCMC begins to relax restrictions in certain areas. However, many businesses struggle to reopen, with one of the difficulties being arranging staff accommodation. Among these is bubble tea chain Gong Cha, which reopened its first outlet in District 7 on Sep. 16. "It took us a lot of time to … [Read more...] about Small businesses struggle to recruit workers for reopening
Barbershops and hair salons across Hanoi are filling up following an announcement that, after a two-month prohibition, hair services will be allowed to reopen. At 5:30 am on Tuesday, Quang Huy, a Hanoian street barber, set up shop on Thai Thinh Street in Dong Da District. His first order of business: dusting off his array of clippers and shears which had been sitting idle for two months. Hanoi shuttered all hair services in mid-July as part of its effort to curb the fourth wave of COVID-19. Nearly two months after imposing intense social distancing measures, city officials say they have managed to contain the spread and non-essential businesses, including barbershops, can resume operations. “I was delighted yesterday when I heard I could start working again,” Huy said. “I haven’t worked for two months and it’s been irritating not having a source of income.” Residents get haircuts at a street barbershop on Thai Thinh Street, Dong Da District, Hanoi, September … [Read more...] about Haircuts in high demand as Hanoi reopens barbershops under relaxed social distancing
Lam Van Thanh, Chairman of Kien Giang Province, where Phu Quoc is located, said that by the end of October, the island would not have ensured necessary conditions to carry out its planned tourism reopening plan. He said only 35.2 percent of people aged 18 and above have got a first shot and just 6.13 percent of residents have been fully vaccinated. The island needs another 250,000-300,000 doses to achieve herd immunity, but recent allocation has also been low, while the stipulated time between two doses of a Covid vaccine is 4 to 8 weeks, depending. Even if the amount of needed vaccine doses was allocated right now, it would take around two months for Phu Quoc to achieve vaccination coverage for 90 percent of its population, Thanh said. He emphasized: "The province will reopen international tourism when pandemic prevention measures are ensured at highest level. It will not sacrifice the health and lives of people for economic growth." Therefore, while local authorities are … [Read more...] about Phu Quoc not ready for foreign tourists next month
As the capital relaxed its coronavirus restrictions starting Tuesday, thousands of residents flooded the streets at night to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. Streams of vehicles closely packed together could be seen on downtown streets like Trang Thi, Dinh Tien Hoang and Ly Thai To. "If there was any person infected with the Delta variant among the crowds in Hanoi last night, transmission is extremely likely. Once it happens, authorities would find it difficult to contact trace, as they have no idea who's made contact with whom," said Tran Dac Phu, senior advisor at the Public Health Emergency Operations Center. While the capital city authorities had advised people to only go out if necessary despite the relaxed restrictions, the gathering large crowds like Tuesday night without adequate coronavirus control measures may severely impact efforts to fight Covid-19. Even if most people were wearing masks, close proximity can still allow infections to happen, Phu said. However, he … [Read more...] about Hanoi Mid-Autumn Festival crowds can spark new outbreaks: experts