Sai Gon Hi-Tech Park in HCM City maintains production while ensuring safety for workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The municipal People's Committee announced at a meeting on Thursday its plan for "Safe and flexible adaptation and effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic" for the new normal period after September 30.

Under the plan, production facilities, enterprises and services are licenced to reopen if they meet safety requirements of pandemic prevention and control.

They must ensure that only employees with a COVID-19-green card (partly and fully vaccinated people, or people who have fully recovered from the virus) are allowed back to work.

The city authorities listed types of economic activities allowed to reopen, including:

Enterprises, production and business establishments in industrial parks and clusters, export processing zones, Sai Gon Hi-Tech Park and Quang Trung Software Park.

Enterprises, cooperatives, cooperative groups and business households in producing and trading agricultural, forestry and fishery products; services supporting agricultural production; veterinary medicine businesses and veterinary workers.

Construction works, including construction on many traffic infrastructure projects.

Businesses supplying foods and goods, petrol, oil, gas, chemicals, electricity, water, fuel or materials.

Services such as buying, selling, repairing and maintaining vehicles, machinery and equipment in the industrial sector and civil activities.

Management, operation, maintenance and repair services to infrastructure and equipment systems at buildings and apartments.

Trade centres, supermarkets, mini supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, wholesale markets and traditional markets.

Public services, security services, toll stations on roads, construction consulting services, environmental sanitation services, environmental monitoring services, employment services, car-wash services, wedding services, funeral services, public utilities such as water supply, drainage systems, parks, technical infrastructure and transportation.

Head offices and representative offices of domestic and foreign enterprises, and branches of foreign traders in HCM City.

Government Treasury, credit institutions, foreign bank branches, securities services, pawn services, and establishments providing services related to credit activities and logistics.

Post and telecommunication services; printing and publishing services; press; e-commerce activities; online delivery services; calendar publishing companies; bookstores; equipment and office stationery vendors; book streets; libraries; galleries; fine art and photo exhibitions; school supplies and learning tools; information technology, informatics equipment; electronic products shops; eyewear shops; clothing and apparel stores; jewelry and accessory stores.

Warehouses, goods transshipment points, and services for transportation, and export and import of goods.

Restaurants or food and drink establishments, but provide takeaway only; restaurants in accommodation establishments, resorts and tourist attractions serve only on-site guests and visits but do not organise buffets.

Haircutting and shampoo services operate at 50 per cent of their capacity.

Indoor trade promotion activities (fairs, exhibitions, conferences, and events connecting supply and consumption for products) are allowed to open with a maximum of 10 people, and no more than 15 people in outdoor activities.

A maximum gathering of 70 people in indoor activities and 100 people in outdoor activities are allowed if all participants have received full doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have recovered from the disease.

Accommodations, resorts, sightseeing and other services for visitors can operate at 50 per cent capacity and have to meet safety requirements of pandemic prevention and control.

Other activities that want to reopen must be authorised by the competent authority.

Non-essential services and businesses will continue to be closed. 

HCM City prepares to reopen traditional markets, wholesale markets from October 1

The HCM City Department of Industry and Trade has asked authorities in all 21 districts and Thu Duc City to develop plans to reopen traditional markets and wholesale markets from October 1.

The move aims to ensure the supply of agricultural products, foodstuff and essential goods for local consumers.

The people’s committees of Thu Duc City and 21 districts are required to assess infection risks and pandemic control in each locality before resuming operations of traditional markets and wholesale markets.

The city will gradually reopen its economy based on the pandemic situation and recommendations by healthcare authorities after September 30.

Special task forces in wards in the city that have been grocery shopping for locked-down residents have made more than 2.5 million orders to supermarkets and groceries since August 23, according to the department.

They took 45,180 orders on September 26, a decrease of 4.7 per cent compared to the previous day, the lowest number of daily orders since the work launched.

The numbers will continue to decrease sharply in the coming days because residents are increasingly shopping through online channels.

This may put pressure on the city’s wholesale markets and traditional markets as well as modern distribution systems.

The department will continue coordinating with departments and localities to closely inspect the implementation of safety requirements for pandemic prevention and control at markets.

To ensure food supply, the city is building a sustainable business model, especially for production chains of four key industries (mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical chemistry, food processing and electronics) and two traditional industries (textiles, leather and footwear), as well as supply chains for agricultural products and goods at wholesale markets.

It is promoting e-commerce so as to avoid in-person contact and reduce the risk of new infections.

The Department of Industry and Trade in collaboration with business associations will help businesses develop plans and solutions to meet compliance with criteria evaluating the safety of operations for businesses.

It will review the COVID-19 vaccine demand of businesses to speed up vaccinations for all workers, creating favourable conditions for them to resume work.

Three transshipment stations have been set up at the city’s three wholesale markets to ensure food supply.

On the night of September 26, the total amount of goods received at the transshipment stations at Binh Dien Wholesale Market, Thu Duc Wholesale Market and Hoc Mon Wholesale Market were about 124 tonnes of seafood and vegetables, 118 tonnes of fruits, and 60 tonnes of vegetables, respectively.

Residents in green zones (safe areas) in the city have been allowed to go to the market once a week. People can go shopping for food or essentials once a week at nine supermarkets and 154 convenience stores in District 7, or at eight traditional markets in Can Gio District.

They can shop at a supermarket, a trade centre, 60 convenience stores, a price-stabilisation shop, six traditional markets, 81 selling stalls and 2 points selling agricultural products in Cu Chi District.

Delivery fees drop sharply

Delivery fees in HCM City have fallen and returned to the level before the city practised strict travel restrictions under the social distancing order.

The main cause is that many shippers have been allowed to resume operations.

The Luong, a resident in Thu Duc City, told VnExpress online newspaper that he spent only VND37,000 (US$1.63) for two meals ordered from a restaurant, six kilometres from his house, on September 28.

“I was surprised because the delivery cost was nearly half of that compared to previous days," he said.

Mai Thi, a resident in District 12, said she had free shipping for her online order of pork and vegetables instead of paying at least VND35,000 ($1.54) per order.

The shop owner said it is easier to find a shipper than before, so she combined many orders of different customers for one driver to deliver. “She offered free delivery to me because my home is near her shop,” she said.

Quoc Trieu, a shipper in Tan Binh District, said the delivery fee had fallen significantly in recent days due to the rising number of shippers and reopened shops, and smooth transportation through checkpoints.

Loship, a delivery startup, announced that the number of shippers returning to work has been increasing. It recorded 7,500 of 8,000 shippers registered with the company on September 28, a representative of the company said.

The order completion rate rose from 27 per cent last week to nearly 60 per cent. The company’s delivery fee has fallen by 50 per cent compared to the period with a shortage of shippers. 

Source: VNS