Hanoi asks restaurants and cafes to close at 9 p.m.
In a plan to adapt to Covid-19 and mitigate the risk of an epidemic, released on Monday evening, the city said that restaurants and other food and beverage establishments, with the exception of those that sell alcohol, are allowed to operate on site but must close before 9 p.m. Other requirements such as social distancing and full employee vaccination still apply.
The decision came as the Hanoi People’s Committee raised the city’s coronavirus risk to medium, or level 2, with two areas determined to be at high risk.
Last month, the health ministry classified Hanoi as a safe area, with its risk of the Covid-19 epidemic rated low, or at level 1. The capital had no areas determined to have a high risk of coronavirus in the time.
Among the new restrictions, weddings cannot have more than 30 people at the same time. All participants must have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19. Those with symptoms suspected of being Covid-19 and those who do not meet these requirements are recommended not to go.
People must keep a distance and ventilation must be ensured. The use of air conditioners is not recommended.
Likewise for funerals, no gathering of more than 30 people is allowed, and no dinner can take place during the funeral.
For religious institutions and other places of worship, all participants must have been fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19, or tested negative for coronavirus within the past 72 hours. No gathering of more than 20 people is allowed, and people with symptoms suspected of being Covid-19 cannot attend.
Facilities offering physical sports and indoor exercise must also limit their capacity to half and not allow gatherings of more than 30 people. They must disinfect equipment and the environment on a daily basis, and scan participants’ QR codes daily for medical declaration. Participants must have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19.
Hair salons and beauty salons are allowed to operate as long as they adhere to coronavirus prevention measures and all employees have been fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19.
Bars, massage and karaoke parlors are still suspended.
Coronavirus risks are classified by a four-level risk assessment system, with level 1 being the safest and level 4 having the highest risks.
Level 1 zones can theoretically allow all services and activities to resume normally in parallel with Covid prevention measures such as wearing masks or maintaining distance. These include catering establishments, shopping centers, hotels, religious institutions and cinemas.
As areas reach higher risk levels, services and activities would be restricted or even banned altogether. Level 2 zones in particular are expected to limit large indoor or outdoor gatherings, and businesses and services at high risk for coronavirus such as dance clubs, karaoke parlors, beauty salons and bars will either be restricted or suspended. .
About 98% of Hanoi’s adult population has received at least one vaccine against Covid-19, while about 61% have been fully vaccinated. The capital has registered dozens of new cases of community transmission a day recently.