Hanoi’s life back to normal after social distancing order eased

Thursday, 2020-04-23 17:35:00
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Despite heavy rain in the morning, the streets had a high vehicle density compared to during the social distancing period.
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NDO – The activities of people around Hanoi were back to normal on April 23, the first day since the capital city eased restrictions after three weeks of social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19 epidemic.

The number of vehicles increased significantly on Tay Son – Nga Tu So Streets; however, congestion did not occur.

The number of vehicles increased sharply on main streets.

Most people still chose to wear their face masks when they went out.

High vehicle density in Nguyen Trai Street.

Hanoi witnessed heavy rain in the morning due to the influence of the southwest monsoon.

Despite the heavy rain, Hanoi’s people enjoyed “pho” (noodle soups), a special dish of the capital city.

Binh, a 70-year-old citizen in Dong Da District, said: “I have not eaten pho for nearly a month, so I have craved this dish so much. Once the Pho restaurant opened, I asked my grandson to take me there to enjoy some. Over the past 60 years, pho has been an indispensable dish for Hanoians”.

Many shops reopened after three weeks of closure.

On many streets such as Pham Ngoc Thach, Nguyen Huu Huan and Trieu Viet Vuong, restaurants and shops have conducted cleaning and disinfection in preparation for welcoming guests.

The employees of the restaurants cleaning items for reopening after a long period of closure under the Prime Minister’s Directive No.16/CT-TTg.

Restaurants serving for office workers also reopened. Under the regulations, they must ensure social distancing for their customers and install shields to prevent droplets.

A number of shops on Hang Duong – Dong Xuan Streets resumed trading activities.

Trading activities in Dong Xuan market begin to bustle again.

A coffee shop on Hang Ma Street reopened today, but the number of guests was not as high as usual.

In addition to restaurants and shops, many vendors have reappeared on the streets.

Souvenir shops on Hang Gai Street are still closed.

Many hotels could not resume their activities due to the low number of tourists.

At a meeting of the capital city’s Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on April 22, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung asked the relevant agencies to strictly punish people who do not wear face masks when they go out.

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