Hanoi reopens food and drink establishments in districts with no community COVID-19 (11:03 17/09/2021)

HNP - Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh signed Official Letter No. 3084/UBND-KGVX on September 15 on adjusting COVID-19 prevention and control measures in the city. 

Accordingly, based on directions of the Prime Minister stated at Dispatch No. 71/CD-TTg dated September 6, 2021; Directive No. 06-CT/TU dated September 1, 2021 of the municipal Party Committee; Dispatch  No. 20/CD-UBND dated September 6, 2021 of the municipal People’s Committee and the report of the municipal Health Department dated September 14, 2021, Hanoi allowed restaurants and food and drink establishments in districts that have recorded no community COVID-19 cases since September 6 to reopen, but only  for providing takeout and delivery services, starting 12:00 noon on September 16. 
The city also allowed reopening of other services, such as stores for stationery, textbooks, and other learning equipment (given that the new school year has started), repair shops for mechanics, electronics, and home appliances. 
The establishments are also required to close before 9pm every day.
19 districts and township which have no community cases since September 6 are at a ‘new normal’ level, namely, Ba Dinh, Ba Vi, Bac Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Dan Phuong, Gia Lam, Hoai Duc, Long Bien, Me Linh, My Duc, Nam Tu Liem, Phu Xuyen, Phuc Tho, Quoc Oai, Soc Son, Son Tay, Thanh Oai, Ung Hoa, and Tay Ho. 
The municipal People’s Committee asked local authorities to closely monitor to business and service establishments resuming operation.
The establishments must fully implement pandemic prevention measures, including mandatory 5K: khẩu trang (face mask), khử khuẩn (disinfection), khoảng cách (distance), không tụ tập (no gathering), and khai báo y tế (health declaration) for staff, while asking their consumers to scan QR codes to register their visit.  
Business and service establishments must regularly perform cleaning and disinfection at the premises, and limit direct contacts.
Under the document, the Department of Health is tasked with cooperating with relevant units to map out sets of criteria for lifting of restrictions and resuming services, based on vaccine coverage and outbreak control and people’s compliance with rules, which must be continually updated and adapted to the evolution of the epidemic.
The Department of Information and Communication is in charge of coordinating with districts and township to deploy the application of QR code scanning for local residents, while enhancing the application of information technology in combating COVID-19 epidemic, and promoting digital transformation in all areas.
The municipal police will continue working with relevant units to keep operation of COVID-19 checkpoints at the city’s gateways, conduct regular checks on enforcement of COVID-19 prevention and control regulations, and strictly handle violation cases. 
The municipal People’s Committee also urged the city’s entities and localities to devise plans for the resumption of businesses and production activities after September 21, and submit their plans to the People’s Committee and the Health Department no later than September 17.
The Department of Health is ordered to give a report on feedback from agencies and local governments to the municipal People’s Committee before September 18, so that the municipal authorities consider the issuance of  guiding document on COVID-19 prevention and measures in the new situation.

By Tran Huong

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