The HCMC People's Committee issued an order late Monday that all ‘non-essential businesses – including bars, cinemas, clubs, discotheques, karoke parlors and religious rituals in the city be closed starting Tuesday, February 9th. due to concerns over COVID-19.
People Committee Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong made the announcement late Monday afternoon, after health authorities report that 31 new COVID-19 community transmission cases had been recorded in eight districts of the city.
According to the city’s closure order, cultural, sport and entertainment activities, as well as beauty salons, gyms, Internet cafes, massage parlors, theatres and wedding centers will be suspended starting on Tuesday at 12 am, and effective until further notice. Religious events with gatherings of more than 20 people are also prohibited.
Businesses and stores selling "essential" goods, such as pharmaceuticals and medical facilities along with gas stations across the city will operate normally but must comply with preventive measures.
This is the second time the city has stopped all "non-essential" services due to the COVID-19 virus since it was first detected last year. The first closure occurred last March and was in place for approximately 6 weeks.
Vietnam’s Minister of Health, Nguyen Thanh Long, said on Monday that the COVID-19 situation in HCMC is quite complicated, with the COVID-19 virus going through multiple cycles of infection, which has made it difficult for the starting point of the current transmission chain to be identified.
Minister Nguyen also said that the number of patients in the city related to the Tan Son Nhat International Airport outbreak might continue to rise and he said that all government entities were waiting for the results of tests that were administered to more than 1,500 airport workers and staff over the weekend.
HCMC had recorded 31 COVID-19 cases as part of the diseases “third wave”, of which 30 are related to the Tan Son Nhat airport outbreak.
As of Monday evening, Vietnam has confirmed 467 domestic COVID-19 cases in 12 cities and provinces since January 28th. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Vietnam has recorded 2,050 cases among its citizens and visits, with 1,472 people recovering from the disease.