HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has sent a document to local authorities about the reopening of karaoke and disco venues, which have been shut for long periods since COVID-19 broke out.
According to the document, localities need to follow five requirements for the reopening of such venues, based on the pandemic risk levels in the area.
The ministry requires business owners to strictly follow local guidelines on hygiene to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in karaoke and disco venues through disinfection and adequate ventilation. For customers, it is necessary to strictly implement the 5K message and be fully vaccinated. The services are not to be provided to those showing symptoms of COVID-19.
Localities are also asked to deploy measures on examining and inspecting the implementation of anti-pandemic measures and build plans for possible scenarios so the virus does not spread widely in the community.
Previously, in its official document to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on the draft on February 14 on the reopening of karaoke venues and discos, the Ministry of Health gave some notifications.
In the official document, the Ministry of Health asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to consider supplementing some contents to the draft document No.353.
Specifically, before local administrators allowed the reopening of karaoke and disco venues, they must consider the assessment results of the pandemic alert level in the area.
Moreover, karaoke parlours and bars are enclosed spaces while COVID-19 contaminated aerosols can spread from an infected person simply breathing and can build up in a confined space with poor ventilation over time. As a result, the Ministry of Health proposed these venues must take heed of hygiene measures and COVID-19 preventive measures when these places are reopened.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has taken into account the health ministry’s recommendation and made the adjustment accordingly. — VNS