Ha Noi urges minimized travel during Lunar New Year amidst COVID-19 fear


VGP – Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Chu Ngoc Anh has issued a new directive urging all individuals across the city to stay home and minimize unnecessary travel during the 2021 Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, amidst the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An apartment building of the Times City urban complex in Hanoi has been put under lockdown on January 29, 2021 due to a confirmed coronavirus case. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

In his directive, Anh asked the city’s departments, sectors, and agencies, and district-level People’s Committees to see COVID-19 prevention and control as their most urgent task before, during and after Tet.

The people are encouraged not to leave home if unnecessary, wear face masks when going out, not gather into a mass in public places, and stay 1m away from each other.

The city leader also requested a halt to festive activities and mass gathering events, as well as the temporary closure of establishments providing the karaoke, bar, disco, game and Internet services until further notice. 

Social distancing measures must be strictly applied at restaurants, such as keeping a minimum physical distance of 2m, or 1m with a partition between seats, and not using the shared items, the directive said.

Anh also urged the implementation of pandemic prevention and control measures in public passenger transportation, and at households, apartments, schools, offices, meetings, trade centers, supermarkets, convenience stores, wholesale markets, local markets, industrial parks, and factories, among others.

Regarding important events for political, social, and economic purposes, the city mayor assigned local authorities to make decisions and ensure virus transmission prevention measures, such as disinfecting meeting rooms, body temperature check, hand disinfection, and social distancing.

By Vien Nhu