All 22 districts in HCM City and Thu Duc City have met the criteria for epidemic control and are ready to enter the “new normal” stage, said HCM City People's Council Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Le at the council’s 3rd session on October 18.
Ho Chi Minh City has officially reopened to welcome back tourists, with the local market set to play a key role in connecting localities whilst developing inter-regional routes and safe destinations under its tourism recovery roadmap.
Although the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in HCMC has shown positive results, the city will not be able to fully achieve new normal by November, said municipal chairman Phan Van Mai.
Many cities and provinces are reopening hesitantly due to fear of the pandemic as their leaders are very cautious in making decisions because of the pressure of responsibility.
According to the latest dispatch issued by Hanoi Mayor Chu Ngoc Anh, which takes effect from 6am on October 14, Hanoi authorities have allowed restaurants to reopen and serve diners on the spot, up to 50% of their capacity.
Localities need to keep calm but stay vigilant over pandemic developments, and not be impatient in making decisions, said Party Committee Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong.
Retail petrol prices in Vietnam are likely to reach new highs when the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry and Trade announce their price adjustments on October 11.
The online forum "The press accompanies businesses to restore production and business, overcome the impact of the pandemic" to mark Vietnam Entrepreneurs' Day on October 13.
Many provinces in the central region have planned to welcome visitors from other provinces and cities who have “green” or “yellow” cards.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed the Ministry of Transport re-open 10 domestic air routes from October 10.
Thousands of people left HCM City for their hometowns in the last few days after the city lifted its lockdown on October 1, but many migrants have chosen to stay back to resume work or look for new jobs.
Several business associations in HCM City have called for scrapping a requirement that workers commuting to the city from elsewhere need to undergo a weekly test for COVID-19 regardless of their vaccination or recovery status.
The HCM City Department of Transport received 6,937 applications from individuals between October 2 and 4, requesting permission to travel to other provinces to bring relatives back.
As some provinces have gained initial achievements in controlling Covid-19, they now are allowing people with negative rapid testing results to enter the provinces.
Crowded streets, busy traffic on the morning of the first Monday in the new normal - people in Ho Chi Minh City have returned to work after a four months of social distancing.
A survey conducted by Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in September of nearly 3,000 businesses found that 93.9 percent have been affected by the pandemic at a ‘completely negative’ or ‘mostly negative’ level.