return icon

HCM City entertainment sector begins new normal reopening

HCM City has agreed to reopen entertainment venues, as the southern hub adapts to the ‘new normal’ situation.

A photo taken in March, 2021 shows a karaoke bar in HCM City before all entertainment venues were forced to close due to the fourth outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. VNA/VNS Photo

Nightclubs, bars, spas and massage parlours will be allowed to resume operations, but only if they have strict COVID prevention measures in place and are in areas currently deemed ‘low risk’.

Cinemas will also reopen, along with karaoke bars, libraries and video game establishments, but restrictions will be placed on the amount of customers allowed into each venue at any one time.

The move comes after HCM City People’s Committee on Tuesday (November 16) agreed to proposals to get the city back to business.

As well as kick-starting the entertainment sector, other measures will be put in place to resume conferences, culture and art performances, workshops, training courses and funerals.

These new steps will be a welcome relief to both business owners and customers alike after months of lockdown.

But the measures will not mean a green light to go back to the way things were pre-pandemic. And visitors to venues must abide by the rules in place.

The lifting of restrictions comes just days after the country surpassed the 100 million mark for total number of vaccinations administered.

The Ministry of Health has urged localities to speed up the vaccination drive as it strives to have 100 per cent of adults and children aged between 12 and 17 inoculated in the near future.

In the coming days, venues will prepare to reopen, but depending on their location, will be limited on capacity.

In wards, communes and towns at medium risk of COVID-19 spread, establishments are only allowed 50 per cent of their normal capacity.

High risk areas can only function at a 25 per cent capacity, but in these places, spas, karaoke parlours and nightclubs must remain closed.

All staff on duty, and customers, must also have been vaccinated with both shots, or show they have recently made a full recovery from the virus.

Visitors must also show they have tested negative within the past 72 hours.  

Ride hailing service companies are allowed to re-operate with 50 per cent of their total vehicles because the city’s status is at the medium risk of COVID-19 spread.

Traditional taxi motorbike drivers will be resumed if the city’s status is at the low risk of COVID-19 spread.

According to HCM City COVID-19 map on November 15, Thu Duc City and districts of 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, Phu Nhuan, Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Go Vap and Cu Chi are at the low risk of COVID-19 spread.

Districts of 3, 10, 12, Binh Thanh, Binh Tan, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh and Nha Be are at the medium risk of COVID-19 spread.  

Can Gio District is at the high risk of COVID-19 spread.

The city does not have districts, wards, communes, and towns at extremely high risk of COVID-19 spread.

Source: Vietnam News 

Cultural, art and sport activities resumed

Cultural, art and sport activities resumed

Nearly one month after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and implementing pandemic prevention and control measures under the Prime Minister’s Directives 15 and 16, some cultural, art and sport activities have been resumed in HCMC.


Love is in the air at sporting tournament

With the SEA Games 31 nearly at an end, people have been through every level of emotion, from historic wins to inspiring stories and beautiful moments.


Vietnam backs rules-based multilateral trading system: official

HCM City museums seek to digitize, widen reach

Most museums in HCM City are in the process of restoring, upgrading and rearranging their display systems after long closures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

VN determinedly stops slow public investment projects

It is estimated that until May 31, Vietnam disbursed only 22.37 percent of its public investment budget.

Vietnam’s SEA Games football victory finds prominent coverage in foreign media

ESPN ran a front-page story headlined “Vietnam retain Southeast Asian Games gold medal against Thailand to prove they are still force to be reckoned with,” saying “even at the simplest level, it was a victory with plenty of significance.”


SEA Games 31: Vietnam’s shooting team surpass set target

Vietnam’s pangasius exports return to high level

After a period of difficulty in key export markets, Vietnam’s exports of pangasius catfish have recovered and grown strongly in the early months of 2022.

New record, big stride of Vietnam’s sport

Vietnam have wrapped up their SEA Games 31 run at the top of the medal table with 205 golds, including the much-anticipated one in the men’s football claimed on May 22 night.

More favourable rule system urged for healthcare PPPs

A more robust legal framework is being sought to strengthen public-private partnerships in the health sector, thus increasing the system’s resilience and sustainability for better preparation for new pandemics.

Vietnam promotes development agenda on WEF 52 sidelines

Deputy PM Le Minh Khai of Vietnam met a number of executives of international organisations and businesses on the sidelines of the ongoing 52nd World Economic Forum in Switzerland to promote connectivity between the government and businesses.

Hanoi’s specialty listed among CNN's best Asian noodle dishes

Pho, Bun cha and Cao lau were praised by US news site CNN to be the best the most mouth-watering noodle dishes across Asia.

Vietnam's special things: Bun rieu served on pink-themed boat at floating market

An old farmer in Gia Lai Province turns bamboo into a micro communal house while a teacher in Quang Nam Province creates unique works of art from discarded leaves.

Foreign e-commerce platforms must set up an office or appoint representative in Vietnam

Foreign traders and foreign organizations having e-commerce activities in Vietnam must establish representative offices or appoint representatives according to Vietnam’s regulations.

Coal reserves running out, VN to import coal to generate electricity

Domestic coal production is mainly used for electricity production. In 2019, domestic coal for power generation accounted for 76% of total coal output.

Banks unveil ambitious charter capital hike plans

Banks have faced pressure to increase their charter capital over the past few years to enhance their financial capacity and improve safety indicators to get closer to international standards.