Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials continue to ease COVID-19 curbs in Da Nang, central Vietnam, as of Sept. 18. Some measures remain in place.

Alert Begins 18 Sep 2020 10:29 AM UTC
Alert Expires 21 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Da Nang (map)
  • Date: As of Sept. 18
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Officials continue to relax curbs in Da Nang, central Vietnam, as of Sept. 18 due to decreasing local coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Da Nang allows nonessential businesses to operate, except for discotheques, bars, karaoke lounges, and massage parlors. Food establishments have resumed dining-in services. Schools have reopened with safeguards, such as requiring teachers and students to wear facemasks and check their body temperatures. Local officials have also removed checkpoints throughout the city. Residents can now leave home to purchase essential supplies at any time. The government continues to enforce other protocols, such as the use of facemasks when in public.

Private vehicles and public transport, including buses and plans, have resumed travel to and from Da Nang with protocols, such as passenger capacity limits and requiring facemasks. Airlines, including Vietnam Airlines (VN), have increased the number of flights serving Da Nang. Cargo movement remains operational. Local authorities in some areas continue to implement strict measures for returnees from Da Nang. Ho Chi Minh City still requires arrivals from Da Nang to test for COVID-19 and quarantine at designated sites for 14 days.

Additionally, officials have eased movement controls in the neighboring Quang Nam Province as of Sept. 18. All businesses and services can operate with safeguards, such as requiring workers and patrons to wear facemasks and frequently sanitize their hands. Cultural activities, exhibitions, and festivals can take place. Officials may implement or reintroduce new restrictions in the coming days and weeks.

Background and Analysis
Vietnam's restrictions are similar to actions taken by other governments globally in recent months in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.

Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Avoid crowded areas. Stock up on essential supplies as a precaution. Confirm all travel reservations. Make allowances for likely domestic travel restrictions if operating in the region. Abide by national health and safety measures. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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