Vietnam Reopens Nonessential Businesses

May 8, 2020

On May 7, 2020, following a meeting of the government on the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister of Vietnam decided to allow most nonessential businesses to reopen, after the country experienced a 21-day period of no new COVID-19 cases due to community transmission.

In particular, it was decided that all manufacturing, commercial, and service businesses can now reopen, with the exception of discotheques and karaoke establishments. Social distancing rules have been lifted for these businesses, but other preventative safety measures must be adhered to, including hand sanitization and mask-wearing (except in restaurants).

Sporting activities and crowded gatherings are also allowed to resume, provided that the appropriate safety measures are implemented.

The rules on social distancing and capacity limitations for public transportation (airplanes, buses, trains, and boats) have also been removed, though mask-wearing remains mandatory in public and on crowded vehicles.

As such, most businesses and transportation networks (except for international routes) in Vietnam have now resumed operation.

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