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May 07, 2020 / 15:36

Hanoi considers allowing beauty care and barber shops to reopen

The city’s authorities will allow beauty care and barber shops to resume working provided that safety measures against Covid-19 are applied.

Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has asked the relevant authorities to consider reopening of other non-essential services including beauty care and barber shops based on their assessment on the pandemic progression in the city.

 A sidewalk barber "shop" in Hanoi. Photo: wandering.world

At a regular briefing of the Hanoi People's Committee on May 6, the city's mayor requested concerned agencies to monitor the operating hours of non-essential stores to ensure that no one opens before 9:00 am and those breaching the order must be sanctioned, even their business license would be revoked.

He also said by asking non-essential businesses not to open before 9:00 am, the number of commuters on the roads would be reduced by 600 to 800 thousand in morning rush hours, contributing to reducing traffic congestion. The business opening hour restriction would run until December 31.

Mayor Chung also allowed the Department of Culture and Sports to organize cultural and sport activities but on a smaller scale to progressively relax the social distancing orders.

He noted that socio-economic development and epidemic prevention tasks in the first four months of 2020 have drastically implemented at all the levels from the city down to districts and town.