Gradual reopening and socio-economic development of HCMC – Coronavirus (COVID-19)



Vietnam: Gradual reopening and socio-economic development of HCMC

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Directive 18 provides information on which companies can open and which have not yet done so and under what conditions. It also prescribes the obligation to use QR codes for travel and proof of vaccination. Gradually, more businesses can reopen, which will help revive the economy of HCMC.

After lifting the “safe-in-place” order that Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) had imposed on the southern metropolitan area, HCMC’s plans for the “new normal” are gaining sophistication.

In a dynamic pandemic situation, the opening of HCMV will be gradual and will depend on local events and an increasing rate of fully vaccinated citizens. To support the gradual economic recovery of HCMV, the chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee recently ratified Directive No. 18 which regulates the continuous monitoring and adjustment of preventive measures for the COVID-19 pandemic and proposes a reopening scenario. progressive metropolitan area. (Guideline 18). It entered into force on October 1, 2021.

Under Directive 18, HCMC must stabilize its control over local and regional pandemic developments and adjust its prevention measures to the “three-phase plan” which announces its socio-economic recovery.

This update presents the essential elements of Guideline 18 and highlights the points relevant for private companies in HCMC.

1. Main points to remember from guideline 18

Thirteen groups of companies are authorized to operate, while three groups cannot yet.

The operation of authorized companies must meet the corresponding operational and production safety criteria described in Decision No. 3328 / QD-BCD of September 15, 2021 issued by the COVID-19 Prevention Steering Committee. State agencies are reopening and HCMC administrative procedures should function normally. The socio-economic recovery of HCMC will be followed by technological means.

2. Requirements for the application of the technology

2.1 Business entities

All HCMC agencies, production facilities, companies and service providers licensed to operate must register individual QR codes at the following web address:

Since October 08, 2021, these entities are obliged to scan the QR codes (whether on a smartphone or on paper) of all natural persons entering their premises. This includes all interactive activities, such as business meetings, in-person transactions, or co-working on premises. Businesses should use PC-COVID or equivalent software licensed from HCMC authorities for management and control.

2.2 Citizens of HCMC

All citizens should use the VNEID or PC-COVID smartphone app and have their respective QR codes available at all times when traveling to HCMC. The only exception is when you don’t have a phone that can display QR codes or any other accepted exception. Citizens must prove that they have recovered from COVID-19 issued within the past six months or that they have been fully immunized.

Foreigners must make a medical declaration at the airport terminal and use a personal QR code issued to them (or any replacement document) when entering HCMC from abroad.

3. Undertakings authorized under Directive 18

The following companies can operate:

  1. Private medical and health institutions, including hospitals, general and specialized clinics such as family medicine clinics and maternity wards;
  2. Medical service facilities;
  3. Pharmaceutical, cosmetic, biological and medical equipment companies;
  4. Companies and production facilities located in industrial clusters, industrial zones, export processing zones, high-tech zones, Quang Trung software park and all districts of HCMC and Thu Duc city.
  5. All business entities engaged in the production and trade of agricultural, forestry, fishery and salt products, or support services for agricultural production, veterinary establishments and veterinarians.
  6. Companies and service providers that provide the following services:
    • Supply of groceries and food products, pharmaceuticals, gasoline, petroleum, electricity, water, fuel, repair services, collection, transport and treatment of waste, post and telecommunications, purchasing, sales, repair services and maintenance of vehicles, machinery, civil and industrial equipment, investment activities, real estate affairs, management, operation, maintenance, repair and rescue services of infrastructure systems and equipment of agencies, buildings and apartments;
    • Utilities, security services, toll booths for the use of roads, construction consultancy services, environmental remediation services, environmental monitoring and treatment services, placement services, washing services vehicles, utilities (water supply and drainage), parks, trees, technical infrastructure, and transport;
    • Warehouses, assembly points, transshipment of goods, ancillary services for the transport, export and import of goods; and
    • Shopping centers, supermarkets, mini-supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, wholesale markets, traditional markets;
    • Post and telecommunications; press, publishing, printing, calendar; electronic commerce business activities, using on-line delivery services; bookstore, office supplies store; book street; libraries, galleries, art exhibitions, photography; school supplies and tools; computer science; computer equipment; electronics store; eyeglass store; fashion and clothing stores; gold, silver, gemstone and jewelry stores;
    • Warehouses, assembly points, transshipment of goods, ancillary services for the transport, export and import of goods; and
    • Shopping centers, supermarkets, mini-supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery stores, wholesale markets, traditional markets;
  7. Catering establishments may only provide take-out services;
  8. Restaurants inside residential buildings, resorts and tourist attraction sites can only serve on-site registered and visiting guests, while buffet accommodation is prohibited;
  9. Hair salons, fitness clubs (gyms and yoga centers) can operate at a maximum of 50% of their capacity and are limited to ten clients at a time;
  10. Operations of representative offices and branches of foreign companies in HCMC;
  11. Credit institutions, branches of foreign banks, treasury, commercial service establishments directly linked to credit activities, branches of foreign banks and logistics;
  12. Business support and professional services (such as legal, auditing and financial services); and
  13. Securities and pawnbroking services.

4. Suspended companies

The following commercial activities and other services remain suspended:

  1. Bars, beer clubs, pubs, spas, massage parlors, beauty services, on-site catering services, cinemas, circuses, nightclubs, internet cafe services, karaoke and video game bars;
  2. Spontaneous market activities, street vendors (including lottery tickets) and
  3. All companies not explicitly authorized under Article 3 remain prohibited.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.

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