Hanoi on first day of social distancing being eased

The capital Hanoi has relaxed social distancing measures from midnight of June 22, allowing hair salons, restaurants, and cafés to open their doors after being closed for a month.


From dawn on June 22, many restaurants around Hanoi were rushed off their feet in preparing to welcome customers once more.

Despite the sudden decision by local authorities to ease social distancing measures, opening again should not present restaurant owners with too many problems as many had switched to online orders and delivery.

Hanoi has ordered venues to still ensure social distancing, set up barriers between tables, and close before 9pm. Capacity is capped at 50 percent, and no more than 20 customers can be served at one time.

The decision of local authorities to ease social distancing measures comes in the context of the outbreak being basically brought under control in the capital. Since a resurgence can happen at any time, however, it is necessary to continue to strictly follow COVID-19 prevention measures, especially the Ministry of Health’s “5K message”./.