The news was unveiled by the Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control during a press conference on September 28.
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngoc, deputy head of the municipal Department of Industry and Trade, said the southern city is planning to reopen its wet markets following a COVID-19 hiatus in order to meet the demand among local residents for food and other essential goods.
The department has therefore requested that local administrations develop plans aimed at resuming the operation of wet markets to ensure goods supply and safe COVID-19 prevention measures in the new context.
The southern city’s administration is now finalising a draft directive on adjusting safe, flexible, and effective measures to adapt to the new context, aiming to control the COVID-19 epidemic and at the same time boost economic recovery.
HCM City plans to ease strict social distancing measures from October 1, marking the gradual resumption of socio-economic activities.
As of September 27 HCM City had recorded more than 376,000 COVID-19 infection cases. As the country’s largest COVID-19 hotspot it has experienced over four months of social distancing measures of various levels.
So far over 9.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the city, with 100% of people over 50 years old being fully vaccinated with their first jab.