In a document issued by Hanoi People’s Committee Chairman Chu Ngoc Anh Wednesday, companies, offices and businesses can resume operations as normal starting Thursday morning.

Entities would evaluate coronavirus risks themselves, implement prevention measures and continue to encourage remote working, the document said.

Buses and taxis would operate as directed by the Hanoi Department of Transport. Museums and parks would also reopen, but groups must not exceed 10 people each.

Hotels and other residential services can also reopen, but function at half their maximum capacity.

Restaurants and other food and beverage establishments (except businesses that sell alcohol and beer) would be allowed to offer on-site dining at half of their maximum capacity. People must maintain required distances from each other, or screens used to separate them. Owners and their employees must be fully vaccinated, and their customers must medically declare themselves via QR codes.

After spending nearly two months under strict social distancing orders from July 24 to Sept. 21, Hanoi is beginning to relaxed its restrictions gradually as the country moves towards the new normal of living with the virus.

Over 4,000 infections have been recorded in the capital since the fourth coronavirus wave hit Vietnam in late April. The infections have been dropping rapidly over the last 10 days, with under 10 new cases being recorded a day.

Hanoi has vaccinated around 98 percent of its adults, accounting for 70 percent of the total city population, with at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot. Nearly 50 percent of the adults ave been fully vaccinated


Hanoi will resume bus lines at limited capacity starting next week, the municipal People's Committee said Tuesday.

Nguyen Manh Quyen, chairman of Hanoi People's Committee, said the municipal Department of Transport will carry out the resumption of public transport, starting with bus lines operating at 50 percent their maximum capacity.

Inter-provincial bus lines however would have to follow instructions issued by the central government, he said.

On whether the capital would relax more restrictions and resume more activities, Quyen said Hanoi "could not be closed down forever, but the condition and time to reopen are the most important factors," adding that once enough conditions are met, including shots given to children under 18, Hanoi would be "ready to reopen."

For now, the capital has fully vaccinated around half its adult population, with those under 18 have yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Also on Tuesday, the Hanoi transport department proposed resuming inter-provincial transport and public transport starting Wednesday, with inter-provincial travel available between Hanoi and the northern localities Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Dien Bien.

It also proposed for bus lines, taxis and ride-hailing car services to resume at half their maximum capacity. Motorbike taxis however would still not be allowed as they could not satisfy coronavirus prevention standards.

While the committee has yet to respond regarding the proposal, bus and coach stations have begun preparing for a possible resumption of services.

Employees at Giap Bat Station have begun cleaning up the station and ticket booths. Its quarantine zone in case of detecting coronavirus cases has also been re-activated.

Nguyen Hoang Tung, deputy director of Giap Bat Station, said he was worried as most drivers and attendants in several localities have only received one Covid-19 vaccine shot each, which would not be enough to be eligible for operations in accordance with the Ministry of Transport guidance.

At Nuoc Ngam Station, a quick Covid-19 testing area has been established. Trinh Hoai Nam, deputy director of the station, said it is now ready to reopen upon approval by authorities.

As Vietnam prepares its transition from a zero-Covid strategy to living with the coronavirus, the transport ministry has issued road transportation guidelines to be observed starting October. But several localities are still shying away from allowing buses to resume interprovincial travel over coronavirus outbreak fears.