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HCM City tightens control of rental accommodations to prevent spread of disease

Update: August, 10/2020 - 08:48

 


Police officials distribute leaflets about COVID-19 control and prevention to residents living in Miếu Nổi Apartment Building Complex in HCM City’s Bình Thạnh District. — Photo tuoitre.vn

HCM CITY — HCM City’s Department of Tourism has asked authorities in all districts to take measures to control the spread of disease in rental apartments and lodging facilities.

Many types of accommodation services are available in the city, such as Airbnb rentals and rentals booked through online travel agents (OTAs) like Agoda.com and Booking.com.

Most rentals occur in private houses, luxury apartments or high-rise buildings. They face a high risk of spread of disease if there are no strict managerial measures.

Because most property owners have not registered these businesses, it is difficult for authorities to manage them.

To limit the risk, owners of rental apartments have been asked to obtain the personal information of guests, including name, age, address, phone number, current health status, place of departure, and travel history.

All information related to tenants staying at lodging facilities and rental apartments must be sent to the department’s Tourism and Hotel Management Office via email at hoteldivision.tphcm@gmail.com.

Tenants must strictly comply with regulations and recommendations on COVID-19 prevention and control. They must fill out health declarations and report to the owners and medical facilities if they have symptoms related to COVID-19.

Residential security guard forces, apartment management boards and local police have been asked to work closely with the department and local authorities on issues related to disease control and prevention at rental accommodations.

Bus suspension

Operations of five public bus routes between HCM City and Đồng Nai Province have been suspended since August 4 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Đồng Nai Province’s Department of Transport said the suspension order would be in place until further notice.

Suspension will occur on Bus Route No 5 from HCM City’s Chợ Lớn Bus Station to Đồng Nai Province’s Biên Hòa Bus Station, Bus Route No 60-1 from HCM City’s Miền Tây (Western) Bus Station to Biên Hòa Bus Station, and Bus Route No 60-2 from the University HCM City of Agro-forestry to Đồng Nai Province’s Phú Túc Bus Station.

The suspension order also applies to Bus Route No 60-3 between HCM City’s Miền Đông (Eastern) Bus Station and Đồng Nai Province’s Nhơn Trạch Industrial Park, and Bus Route No 60-4 between Miền Đông Bus Station and Đồng Nai Province’s Sông Mây Industrial Park.

On August 3, the department also announced it will suspend passenger transport on roads and waterways in the province to other COVID-19 affected provinces and cities. — VNS

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