Despite heavy fines, many Saigonese neglect rules on mask wearing

Ho Chi Minh City residents appear to be negligent in wearing masks in public to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The city authorities have required people to wear masks in public, to not gather in big groups, and to keep a safe distance from each other.

From November 15, people who do not wear masks in public places will be fined between VND1-3 million. The fines are 10 times higher than the previous ones, which were only VND100,000 - VND300,000.

However, many people are still neglectful. Why?

Hung, an office staffer, explained to VietNamNet at a coffee shop on November 18: "I join my friends for a cup of coffee during lunch time. It is difficult to wear a mask when drinking coffee, but I always carry a mask with me. I will pay more attention to ensuring a safe distance to prevent spread of the virus."

People without facial masks appeared in many public places in the center of Ho Chi Minh City on November 18, according to VietNamNet reporters’ observations.

Photos taken by VietNamNet in HCM City this week:

Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang
Most people obey the rules on wearing a mask at public sites. 
 
Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang
However, there are also many others who neglect the regulations.
Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang
People still gather in places such as restaurants and coffee shops.
Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang
In the April 30 Park in District 1, many young people do not wear masks.
Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang
Some roadside tea shops do not ensure safe distance between people.
Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang
Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang
A group of young people without masks on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street.
Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang

Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang
At Turtle Lake in District 3.
Phạt tới 3 triệu đồng, nhiều người Sài Gòn vẫn thờ ơ với khẩu trang

People without facial masks on Nguyen Van Binh book street in District 1.

Phong Anh

COVID-19: Without wearing masks, hefty fines given

COVID-19: Without wearing masks, hefty fines given

Those who go out to public venues in Hanoi capital and Ho Chi Minh City without donning a face mask will be fined between VND1-3 million. 

 
 

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