Among localities, Ho Chi Minh City is the place to implement the strictest social distancing, in addition, some provinces in the Mekong Delta and some other localities are also implementing social distancing according to the Directive. 16/CT-TTg dated March 31, 2020 on urgent measures to prevent and control the Covid-19 epidemic of the Prime Minister.
In accordance with the principles of epidemic prevention, if people go out on the streets during the application of Directive 16 without a valid reason, they will be fined from 1-3 million VND for the act of “Failing to implement protective measures”. individuals with people participating in the fight against the epidemic and people at risk of contracting the disease according to the instructions of the health authorities”. And many people have been fined when going out to buy goods that are confirmed as “non-essential”.
Essential goods and services for the duration of Directive 16 include:
For supermarkets, people’s markets, convenience stores, utilities: only trade in essential items, including:
– Fresh food products: meat (meat products); aquatic products (products from aquatic products); vegetables, tubers, fruits (products from vegetables, tubers and fruits); fruit; eggs (egg products);
– Technological goods: Cakes, candies; salt; seasoning; Spice; fish sauce; Street; vegetable oil; Milk of all kinds; Noodles of all kinds and a number of other food and food items to serve the people’s daily essential consumption needs; Drinking water, bottled soft drinks, cans, barrels;
– Food: plain rice, glutinous rice, sesame, beans, corn, potatoes, cassava; flour, starch (products from flour, powdered powder);
– Necessary necessities: Masks, products used for cleaning, bathing, washing; antibacterial water, toilet paper.
In addition, establishments trading in goods and services that are allowed to operate include:
– Supermarket; people’s market; convenience stores, convenience stores; grocery; fruit shops; chain stores dealing in agricultural products and food (trading only essential items);
– Stores dealing in medical equipment and medicines;
– Petrol and gas trading shops;
– Medical examination and treatment service establishments: Follow the guiding documents of the Ministry of Health and the provincial Department of Health.
– Postal, telecommunications and television services;
– Service establishments directly related to banking and electronic payment activities;
– Transportation support services;
– Export-Import industry;
– Security services;
– Business support services such as: notary, lawyer, registry, secured transaction registration, business support consulting;
– Stores of animal feed, plant protection drugs, veterinary drugs;
– Funeral services, cemeteries.
In addition to ensuring epidemic prevention measures such as going out of the house, wearing a mask, washing hands with soap or antiseptic solution; not gather more than 2 people or more in public places, outside of offices, schools, hospitals and must keep a distance of at least 2 m, when conducting transactions of the above-mentioned types of business and services, it is necessary to limit movement, direct transactions, do not gather many people at the same time.
With the development of the epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City, many of the items that are considered essential under Directive 16 are also being restricted in order to bring maximum results for epidemic prevention and control. Both people and authorities need to master and be flexible to apply, avoiding unnecessary conflicts and mistakes.