Vietnam capital city of Hanoi will halt checks of travel documents in 19 districts deemed to have no community COVID-19 cases.
The city authorities had decided to adjust management in “green zones”, which are COVID-19-free areas, so that it would be more convenient for residents, permanent deputy chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Le Hong Son said on Thursday morning.
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Residents travelling in 19 districts that are recognised as “green zones” will not have to show certificates or documents to the police and inspectors.
Residents in “red zones” – zones with COVID-19 cases, will still strictly follow regulations of social distancing based on Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s Direction 16. They are only allowed to travel in necessary cases and must show their papers to the inspectors.
If residents travel from “green zones” to “red zones”, their papers will be checked.
Depending on the specific circumstances, districts will issue detailed instructions to local residents.
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The city will remove checkpoints in green zones, and maintain checkpoints in border areas between districts.
If any new COVID-19 cases are found, the checkpoints will be restored.
Hanoi allowed restaurants and food and drink establishments to reopen for delivery, starting noon Thursday, but only in districts that have recorded no community COVID-19 cases since September 6.
The establishments are also required to close before 9pm every day, Vietnam News Agency reported.
According to the official list from the health department late Wednesday, 19 districts and townships are at a ‘new normal’ level, or have no community cases since September 6 including Ba Dinh, Ba Vi, Bac Tu Liem, Cau Giai, Dan Phuong, Gia Lam, Hoai Duc, Long Bien, Me Linh, My Duc, Nam Tu Liem, Phu Xuyen, Phuc Tho, Quoc Oai, Soc Son, Son Tay, Thanh Oai, Ung Hoa, and Tay Ho
They also must fully implement pandemic prevention measures, including mandatory 5K [khẩu trang (face mask), khử khuẩn (disinfection), khoảng cách (distance), không tụ tập (no gathering), and khai báo y tế (health declaration)], according to Vietnam News.