Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Vietnam continues to ease COVID-19 curbs, including gathering, business, transport controls, in Da Nang and Quang Nam Province, Sept. 7.

Alert Begins 07 Sep 2020 09:16 AM UTC
Alert Expires 14 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Da Nang (map)
  • Date: As of Sept. 7
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
Vietnam continues to relax curbs in central Vietnam, including Da Nang and Quang Nam Province, as of Sept. 7 due to decreasing local coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. Da Nang has increased the public gathering limit to 20 people, with exemptions for workplaces and medical facilities, among others. Food establishments can now serve takeaway and delivery orders, while dining in remains banned. Schools and training agencies are still closed. Some nonessential services, such as beauty parlors, clubs, and bars, remain suspended. The government continues to encourage residents to stay at home at all times unless necessary. Other protocols, such as wearing facemasks when in public and allowing households to leave home once every three days to purchase essential supplies, remain in place.

Private vehicles and public transport, including buses and plans, can resume travel to and from Da Nang with protocols, such as passenger capacity limits and facemasks requirement. Cargo movement can continue to operate. The government requires people leaving Da Nang to test for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival at their residences.

Additionally, officials have also eased movement controls in Quang Nam Province as of Sept. 7. Authorities have allowed nonessential services to reopen with safeguards. Other types of businesses, including food establishments and hotels, can continue to operate with protocols. Precautions include requiring workers and patrons to wear facemasks and frequently sanitize their hands. Cultural activities, exhibitions, and festivals can now take place again. Officials may implement or reintroduce new restrictions in the coming days and weeks.

Advice
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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