Violating COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control regulations in Ho Chi Minh City is punishable by a fine worth up to VND40 million (US$1,730).
Due to the increasingly serious developments of the pandemic, the municipal People’s Committee issued directive No. 10 on Saturday evening to enforce stricter virus prevention and control measures, namely shutting down unofficial markets, limiting public gatherings to three people, and suspending public transport.
Hefty fines are to be imposed on violators to make sure these regulations are obeyed.
A VND1-3 million ($43-130) fine has been authorized for those who fail to wear face masks in public places.
Participating in a gathering of more than three people in public is punishable by a fine worth VND10-20 million ($434-869) for each offender.
Failure to comply with authorities’ order to shut down non-essential businesses and unofficial markets is punishable by a VND10-20 million ($434-869) fine.
Those who fail to report a COVID-19 case to authorities can be fined VND1-3 million ($43-130).
A VND5-10 million ($217-434) fine can be imposed on offenders who conceal the fact that they or others are infected with COVID-19.
Failing to cooperate with authorities during medical inspection and supervision when entering and leaving a virus-hit area is punishable by a VND20-30 million ($869-1,300).
Those who do not let officials inspect and fumigate their vehicles before leaving a virus-hit area are to be fined VND30-40 million ($1,300-1,730).
Offenders may also be criminally charged if their violations are found to be serious.
Vietnam had documented 14,116 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday afternoon, with 5,684 recoveries and 72 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has recorded 10,820 local infections in 45 provinces and cities since a new outbreak began on April 27.
With 2,175 confirmed cases, Ho Chi Minh City currently has the second-most positive cases in Vietnam.