|A resident in HCM City receives groceries from a Grab shipper after ordering from a supermarket on Friday. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Khu|
HÀ NỘI — HCM City People’s Committee sent an urgent notice announcing support regarding the provision of food and cooked meals as the city banned takeout services during the ongoing 15-day lockdown starting Friday.
The supermarkets and suppliers (SaiGon Co.op, Satra, MM.Mega Market, Bách Hóa Xanh, VinMart, Family Mart, AEON, Vissan) are asked to increase and diversify the offerings of safe and hygienic prepared meals and food on their shelves, as well as coordinate with online shipping and other direct delivery methods.
Thủ Đức City and districts in HCM City are instructed to support residents under their jurisdiction, especially households that have trouble cooking meals during the lockdown period.
Volunteers from local women's and youth unions could also be mobilised to deliver food and essential items to households in need.
Local authorities must provide free meals to elderly people living alone, sick people, and other social policy beneficiaries under their jurisdiction.
On Thursday, asked about the reasoning behind the takeout ban, a representative from HCM City’s People’s Committee explained shippers usually crowded the restaurants or other food and beverage joints, and proper distancing measures are hard to enforce.
The ban also means that these establishments must be closed, and only supermarkets and convenience stores remain open.
Tô Thị Bích Châu, Chairwoman of the HCM City branch of the Việt Nam Fatherland Front, urged people to trust in the leadership of the Government and Party, and said the citizens can report difficulties or shortcomings regarding authorities' help via the hotlines: (028) 38 223 212 - (028) 38 293 958. — VNS