Karaoke bars in Hanoi remain quiet after re-opening

After being forcibly closed for three months as a way of combatting the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the majority of karaoke bars around Hanoi have remained quiet after re-opening, even during the weekend.

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All non-essential businesses, including karaoke bars, have been granted permission to open again after being suspended for a long period to curb the spread of the COVID-19 among the community.

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Signs to recruit new staff can be seen at the entrance of plenty of establishments in the post-COVID-19 period.

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Even during peak times such as the weekend a number of entertainment services are still failing to attract customers.

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To see customer numbers rise again may take a long time.

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The majority of karaoke bars on Bui Thi Xuan, Tran Khat Chan, and Kim Nguu streets are left deserted for the whole day.

 
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Due to new health measures, all microphones are carefully disinfected, whilst each karaoke room has been equipped with bottles of hand sanitizer.

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Customers occupy only a few rooms.

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Even as night falls there remains no customers.

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According to many karaoke owners, the long hiatus, the high-rental fees, expenses, combined with the lack of customers, may result in bankruptcy in the near future.

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