Many local cultural and historical sites in Hanoi have been temporarily closed to help in coronavirus prevention.
The closure has been carried out from Tuesday afternoon following the instruction from the municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The department has also requested districts to stop organizing festivals after the Tet holiday. DTI News, a local media reports.
Le Xuan Kieu, Director of the Culture – Science Activity Centre of the Temple of Literature, said the suspension would affect site revenues as well as travel firms that had booked tours but disease prevention was the top priority.
Kieu added that the number of tourists to the site during this year’s Tet holiday dropped by 60% on-year.
According to the Thang Long-Hanoi Heritage Conservation Centre, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Co Loa Ancient Citadel and Ngoc Son Temple have been shut down.
Meanwhile, Hoan Kiem pedestrianized area at weekends will be shut for 20 days.
Hanoi has set up hotlines and two field hospitals for the epidemic prevention and control.