Capital imposes bigger fines for those without face masks in public sites


VGP - Since November 15, residents in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi, two highly populated areas, must wear face masks in public sites in accordance with the Government’s Decree No. 176/2013/ND-CP (Decree 176) on penalties for administrative violations in the medical sector. 

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Decree 176 came into effect from November 15, 2020. Wearing face masks is compulsory in public places such as railway stations, bus stations, supermarkets, among others.

Accordingly, a fine ranging from VND 1.000.000 to VND 3.000.000 (US$43-129) is imposed for those who fail to implement hygiene measures at residences, public areas, vehicles and domestic waste storage areas, thus causing or spreading an infectious disease.

The fine is ten times bigger than the previous rate of VND 100,000-300,000. 

Deputy Chairman of the city People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy on last Thursday underlined that people without masks would not be allowed to enter public places in Ha Noi, which is bracing for the onset of winter, when the threat of Covid-19 could increase.

In the two cities, a large number of residents have yet fully complied with the new regulation.  

Surprise checks at Hoan Kiem District’s walking streets last Sunday found that many people wore masks but took them off soon after being checked.

The Capital has gone over three months without local transmission of Covid-19, while the country has passed over two months with zero case./

By Kim Anh