Wed, 01 Dec 2021

HANOI, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Vietnamese capital Hanoi has allowed more activities including in-store dining and drinking, and public transportation to reopen on Thursday, the municipal government announced Wednesday.

According to a circular on the issue, to reopen, restaurants, cafes and bars must guarantee their owners and employees are all fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and can only allow half of their capacity and maintain a safe distance between seats.

Museums and parks will reopen to serve individuals and groups of no more than 10 people, as most other businesses will also resume normal operation on Thursday as long as they strictly implement epidemic prevention and control measures, reads the circular.

Hanoi has been easing its restrictions over COVID-19 since Sept. 21 after nearly two months under strict social distancing orders, with barbershops and traditional markets first allowed to resume operation.

Over the past 10 days, the average of daily new cases in the city went under 10, despite over 4,000 registered since the ongoing COVID-19 wave in the country started in late April, according to the municipal health department.

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