Relics, religious facilities in Ha Noi to possibly reopen from March 8


VGP – With Ha Noi having gone nearly 20 days without new COVID-19 cases, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chu Xuan Dung has allowed districts to reopen local relics and religious facilities to the public from March 8 if conditions are satisfied.

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During the 96th meeting of the capital city’s steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control, Dung requested the municipal Department of Culture and Sports, the People’s Committees of districts, and relevant units to prepare conditions to ensure safety at relic and religious facilities and proactively decide on their reopening time from March 8, depending on the situation of the pandemic.

However, he insisted that festive activities must not be organized, while religious activities should be scaled down, with the virtual organization of activities being encouraged. 

Body temperature check, face mask wearing, social distancing and medical declaration are needed, the official said, asking the municipal Department of Culture and Sports and relevant units to review and issue separate instructions regarding the Huong Pagoda relic site.

Dung also allowed passenger cars, trucks, and taxis to resume operation from March 8 and approved the reopening of sport tournaments with an appropriate scale and pandemic fight regulations ensured.

Although Ha Noi has recorded no new community cases and basically controlled the COVID-19 situation, local people should continue to strictly observe pandemic prevention and control measures according to the Ministry of Health’s 5K recommendations, especially medical declaration and face mask wearing, he said.

At the meeting, Deputy Director of the Ha Noi Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh stated that the capital has reported zero cases since February 16. Currently, lockdown has been removed in all the 18 venues related to the cases across the city.

Although the pandemic has been put under control, the city needs to strictly follow pandemic prevention measures set out by the Government, the municipal Party Committee and the municipal People’s Committee./.

By Vien Nhu