Quang Ninh allows reopening of tourist sites, non-essential services

Tourist destinations, places of worship and several non-essential services in Quang Ninh Province were allowed to reopen from 12.00 p.m. on June 8, to serve the province’s tourists and customers.

The decision was made as the province has undergone 30 days without any locally-infected COVID-19 cases, said Nguyen Thi Hanh, vice chairwoman of Quang Ninh.

Non-essential services permitted to resume include coffee shops, restaurants, eateries, gyms, fitness and yoga centers and sporting clubs, but must adopt COVID-19 safety protocols, while bars, discos, massage and karaoke parlors, internet and game shops and pubs will remain closed.

The provincial government also told the Quang Ninh Department of Tourism to team up with the provincial Department of Health to work with other provinces and cities to map out a plan to welcome tourists from these localities in a safe manner to help the tourism sector recover this summer.

On May 6, the province suspended tourism activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the local media reported.

Since April 27, Quang Ninh Province has reported one domestic COVID-19 case, and re-installed 14 coronavirus checkpoints to tighten control over vehicles and people entering the province.