Hanoi allows reopening of bars, karaoke parlours

Hanoi allowed bars, karaoke parlours and discos to reopen from Sept. 15 after the city has gone four weeks without new local COVID-19 cases.


Local authorities said the entertainment venues – shut since August 1 as the city battled a new wave of cases related to Da Nang outbreak – must still comply with COVID-19 prevention and control regulations.

 The staff of the venues must wear masks the entire time they work, while customers must fulfil basic hygiene and hand sanitation requirements.

Hanoi also agreed with the proposal from Hoan Kiem district’s authorities to allow the pedestrian street around Hoan Kiem Lake to reopen starting September 18.

While previous outbreaks in the city had basically been eliminated, the risk of COVID-19 in the city remains significant given its economic and social-cultural hub status, in addition to the expected resumption of international flights to six destinations in Asia.

Local authorities said when these flights resume, Hanoi would receive about 2,000 foreign entries a week so municipal authorities must prepare quarantine facilities to ensure COVID-19 prevention and control./.