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Culture ministry asks for cancellations of Tet festivals, fireworks

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has asked local departments under its wings to advise cities and provinces nationwide to cancel festivals and firework displays celebrating Tet (Lunar New Year),

 Vietnam’s traditional New Year celebrated at the end of this month, as concerns rise over a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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Tet firework show in Da Nang City in 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam

The cities and provinces need to strengthen COVID-19 preventive measures that allow people to safely enjoy the upcoming nine-day holiday, it said in an official dispatch, given that Tet will be celebrated in the “new normal”.

The ministry has also urged units to further raise public awareness of COVID-19 prevention and control measures, warn them not to lower their guard against the virus and provide people with sufficient information on the developments of the pandemic.

It is needed to step up checks and supervision of cultural, sports and tourism activities and festivals before, during and after Tet, depending on the COVID-19 situation in each locality.

To date, the capital city of Hanoi planned to hold a firework display at one location, Thong Nhat Park, on the Lunar New Year, while Hai Phong City in the north said they will have three firework sites.

HCM City a week ago said the city will not have any firework shows, along with several localities in the southern region like Can Tho, Dong Thap and Bac Lieu, who are still grappling with high COVID-19 caseloads.

Source: Vietnam News

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