Hà Nội orders closure of streetside stalls, religious sites

February 16, 2021 - 15:30

Hà Nội has ordered the closure of streetside stalls, monuments, temples and pagodas from Tuesday to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses along Nguyễn Khuyến Street in Hà Đông District close to prevent the spread of COVID-19. — VNA/VNS Photo Phan Tuấn Anh

HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội has ordered the closure of streetside stalls, monuments, temples and pagodas from Tuesday to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At the meeting of Hà Nội's Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Monday afternoon, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Chử Xuân Dũng ordered the temporary closure of all streetside stalls, religious and relic sites from midnight to curb the pandemic.

He asked that schools in the city allow their students to stay home until the end of the month.

Police in Hàng Mã Ward in Hoàn Kiếm District go on patrol to check if restaurants and cafés are closed. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn

The new developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hà Nội, with the source of infection of the dead Japanese man yet to be identified, his travel history causing difficulties for tracing, pose high risks for the community. 

He ordered relevant districts and townships to concentrate on tracing, zoning and mass testing to stop the spread of the pandemic. Along with the dissemination of preventive information through mass media, local pharmacies and private health facilities have been asked to report suspected cases.

Hải Dương Province implemented social distancing throughout the province from Tuesday, provincial police co-ordinated with concerned authorities to set up 170 pandemic control stations all over the province.

The stations are responsible for controlling people and vehicles, measuring body temperature, reminding and handling cases of not strictly complying with pandemic prevention regulations.

Colonel Lê Ngọc Châu, director of the provincial police, said people are not allowed to go out unless in special circumstances.

From Tuesday, people entering Quảng Ninh Province must comply with regulations. People coming from Hải Dương Province and other outbreak centres will undergo concentrated quarantine which they will have to pay for, and enterprises welcoming workers back to the province after the Tết holiday must organise COVID-19 tests for them. They are allowed back to work only with a negative result.

People coming from non-affected areas must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate before entering the province.

In the absence of certificates, it is necessary to quarantine and undergo medical monitoring at home for 14 days.

For people from Quảng Ninh who go to other localities, they are allowed to leave the province, but when they come back, they must comply with the same regulations as for everyone else.

At 12 control stations at border areas with other provinces and cities, electronic declarations are applied. People must present identity cards, citizenship cards or correspondence papers with their household registration books or temporary residence registers. — VNS