Over two dozen people were fined a total of VND34 million (US$1,474) for failure to wear face masks in public in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang on Tuesday.
In Hai Chau District, officers detected 17 maskless people in public areas, according to Le Tu Gia Thanh, the district’s chairman.
Seven of the violators were given warnings while the remaining ten were slapped with fines worth a combined VND18 million ($779).
Anyone failing to wear face masks in public can be fined worth VND1-3 million ($43-130) in accordance with current regulations.
Chairman Thanh stated that authorities will continue patrolling public and crowded locations to make sure residents comply with COVID-19 prevention and control rules.
To boost the spirit and responsibility of local officers, relevant units in some wards have been rewarded for their efforts in the fight against the pandemic, the official added.
Meanwhile, the People’s Committee in Son Tra District confirmed that eight people were fined VND16 million ($692) for failure to wear face masks in public on Tuesday.
Thirty-eight others were given warnings for similar violations.
Authorities in Son Tra District also reminded residents not to swim at local beaches as the activity was banned by the municipal administration from 0:00 on Tuesday.
Vietnam has documented 2,996 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday afternoon, with 2,560 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
Thirty-eight local infections have been recorded in the country since April 27, including two cases in Da Nang.
Multiple non-essential services and activities have been banned in the central city since Tuesday.
Local students were also required to stay home and switch to remote learning from Tuesday until further notice.