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Danang imposes ban on beach swimming, events to prevent Covid-19 wave
Tuesday,  5/4/2021, 18:39 

Danang imposes ban on beach swimming, events to prevent Covid-19 wave

By Nhan Tam

An expat is seen exercising along the coastal road in Danang City this morning, May 4. Danang City has imposed a ban on beach swimming to prevent the Covid-19 wave - PHOTO: NHAN TAM

DANANG – Earlier this morning, May 4, a warning tape fence was placed along the over 20-kilometer-long Danang coastal road, stretching from the Nam O beach (in Lien Chieu District) to the Marble Mount area.

This is in response to the official letter by the Danang People’s Committee last night on strengthening prevention measures against Covid-19 after a case was discovered in the central city on the same day.

Specifically, gymnastics, sports, bodybuilding at the gym, yoga, billiards, indoor sports activities, sports and martial arts and swimming on the beach were banned from May 4 until further notice.

Nguyen Van Loi, owner of an establishment offering freshwater bathing and parking services near My Khe beach in Son Tra District, said that earlier this morning, many people went to the beach as usual, but they had to return because it was forbidden by the local authorities.

This is the latest beach swimming ban in Danang after the first two in March and August 2020 when the Covid-19 waves broke out.

In addition to swimming activities being banned, some other activities in Danang were also suspended, including cultural and entertainment festivals.

Those running entertainment and beauty establishments, bars, pubs, discos, karaoke and massage parlors, video game arcades, movie theaters, casinos and public internet services must also remain shut. Activities at walking streets, night markets or dining with more than 30 people have also been prohibited.

Public passenger transportation services are available, but they must carry no more than half of the allowed number of people for each type of vehicle, ensuring safety.

This morning, Le Trung Chinh, Chairman of the Danang People’s Committee, signed an official letter, proposing all students take 4-5 days off school until further notice.

Previously, the Steering Committee for Covid-19 Epidemic Prevention in Danang had announced a Covid-19 case.

Phu An Hotel where the patient worked has been shut down, while 11 people working there have also been quarantined at the hotel.

In another development, the  government of Hoi An City in Quang Nam Province also suspended visits to the ancient town, traditional crafts villages and pedestrian streets from May 4.

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