Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued Directive No.16 which brings into effect an urgent nationwide social distancing order from April 1 which aims to prevent and combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Accordingly, the new measures will see isolation carried out on a national scale for families, villages, communes, districts, and provinces, as well as in workshops and production plants, in an attempt to ensure that people remain a safe distance away from each other, in addition to other regulations relating to wearing masks and spraying disinfectant.
From 00:00 hours of April 1, every citizen will be required to stay indoors and will only be allowed to go out for necessities such as purchasing food or medicine. Alternatively, people can still leave their homes in the event of an emergency, if they work at factories, manufacturing facilities, or other business and service establishments which provide essential goods and have not been closed.
It is necessary for all people to strictly keep a minimum distance of two metres apart when communicating, whilst also not congregating in groups over two people in workplaces, schools, hospitals, and in public places.
PM Phuc requested ministries, ministerial-level agencies, government agencies, and the various People's Committees of centrally-run provinces and cities to focus on implementing the proposed epidemic prevention measures, with a particular focus on Directive No. 15 which was issued on March 27. This should be done in compliance with the instructions issued by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
Ministries, sectors, localities, and media agencies have been requested to continue to step up communication in order to ensure that anti-epidemic measures to protect people's health are implemented in an effective manner, the PM stressed.VOV