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Hanoi Allows Restaurants, Cafes to Reopen at 50% Capacity

Starting today, patrons can visit their favorite restaurants and cafes again.

According to VnExpress, the municipal People’s Committee released a document yesterday afternoon allowing restaurants and cafes to restart on-site services, though they are required to run at 50% capacity. 

Other services that can reopen include public transportation such as buses and taxis, while parks and museums can welcome visitors as well, and hotels can also operate at half capacity. 

Companies, businesses and organizations can also resume their operations as before, though must constantly self-assess the risk and working from home is encouraged.

Bars and bia hơi must remain closed, however, as well as karaoke, cinemas and massage parlors. Churches, temples and pagodas are also on the closed list. 

The city’s decision came a few days after the government issued a resolution to “safely adapt, flexibly and effectively control the COVID-19 pandemic." The resolution laid down four levels of risk: low, medium, high and very high. Each level has its own pandemic measures. Based on the city’s decision, Hanoi falls somewhere between low and medium risk.

Recently, Hanoi also restarted two flight routes to Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Each route only has one round trip per day; this is a pilot phase that runs from October 10-20. Trains to and from the city have not yet resumed.

Despite the positive developments, the city remains cautious. Deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Nguyễn Văn Phong warned in a meeting yesterday that there are still F0 cases in the community, and officials haven’t found the infection source for the recent cases in Ha Dong yet.

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