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Ho Chi Minh City to allow outdoor exercise in coronavirus-safe apartment complexes

Friday, September 17, 2021, 10:29 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City to allow outdoor exercise in coronavirus-safe apartment complexes
Residents exercise outdoors within an apartment complex in Nha Be District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Residents in apartment complexes in areas of Ho Chi Minh City that have been declared safe from the novel coronavirus can resume outdoor exercise within their neighborhoods, provided the local leaders allow it, Ho Chi Minh City authorities announced on Wednesday.

The announcement was included in an official document released by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on the same day.

According to the document, district-level leaders in Ho Chi Minh City may decide whether their jurisdictions can allow outdoor exercises in ‘green zones,’ or areas at low risk of COVID-19 transmissions.

Residents must still uphold the safety guidelines, including social distancing and masking while exercising outdoors.

The reopening is limited to green spaces within apartment complexes and neighborhoods and does not include large public parks, such as Tao Dan, 23-9 or Ban Nguyet Lake, said Le Hoa Binh, deputy chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, during a press conference the same day.

Leaders in Ho Chi Minh City also mentioned the resumption of cross-district delivery services that would allow shippers to deliver packages between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm.

Delivery workers are entitled to free COVID-19 testing every other day until the end of September, officials added.

According to officials, District 7, Can Gio District, and Cu Chi District have managed to contain the virus, allowing industrial zones and factories in these places to bring their workforce back, selected businesses to reopen, and residents to visit traditional markets once per week.

The city is working toward the launch of a travel pass system that would grant permission for fully vaccinated or tested residents to travel with fewer hindrances.

Ho Chi Minh City has recorded 315,088 local infections, accounting for approximately half of the country’s 641,295 community transmissions since the fourth virus wave’s emergence on April 27.

The numbers of infections in the community and deaths in Ho Chi Minh City are on a downward trajectory, according to the preliminary assessment of the Ministry of Health.

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