THE PRIME MINISTER
THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
Hanoi, April 24, 2020
On continuing to implement measures to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic in the new situation
The COVID-19 epidemic has been spreading around the world, infecting millions of people and killing a hundred thousand people, seriously affecting socio-economic activities on a global scale. After 03 weeks of social distancing according to the Prime Minister's Directive No. 16/CT-TTg dated May 31, 2020, the whole country has promptly detected and handled outbreaks, continued to control them and limited the rate of infection in the community. Most of the infected cases have recovered, and no death has been recorded. However, the pandemic continues to be complicated, the risk of outbreaks remains high, adversely affecting the socio-economy and the People's life.
In order to effectively implement measures to prevent and control the pandemic, at the same time, restart and continue economic development, ensuring social security and stability, the Prime Minister requests:
1. Ministries, ministerial-level agencies, government-attached agencies, People's Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities shall continue to thoroughly grasp and strictly implement the following viewpoints, principles and guidelines:
a) To unify perception and action, thoroughly grasp the viewpoint of “fighting against the pandemic like fighting against the enemy", mobilize the entire political system and the People, uphold the discipline, law and responsibility of the heads; strictly implement the pandemic prevention and control measures under the direction of the Political Bureau, the Secretariat Committee, the National Assembly, the Government and the Prime Minister. At the same time, to implement the objective of production and business development, job creation with the specific management by the Chairpersons of the People's Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities with specific conditions;
b) Officials, Party members, civil servant and public employees must be exemplary and take the lead in implementing measures to prevent and control pandemics;
c) To consistently implement the principles of pandemic prevention and control such as preventing, detecting, quarantining, zoning and suppressing pandemic at the same time with good treatment, minimizing deaths; motto "4 in spot", absolutely not negligent and subjective;
b) To be allowed to loosen the restrictive measures that have been carried out to serve the prevention and control of pandemic in line with the pandemic developments; to restore socio-economic activities on the basis of ensuring good control of pandemic, especially in Hanoi City, Ho Chi Minh City and big cities.
2. Ministries, relevant agencies and People's Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities shall continue to direct and implement the following measures:
a) The people are recommended to regularly wash the hands with soap or hand sanitizer; wear masks when leaving home; keep the safe distance upon having communication; not gather crowded people outside of offices, schools, hospitals and public places.
b) To continue to stop all festival activities, religious ceremonies, sports leagues and crowded events in public areas, stadiums and unnecessary big events.
c) To temporarily suspend operations of non-essential service businesses (such as amusement parks, entertainment centers, beauty establishments, karaoke, massage parlors, bars, dancing halls, etc.) and other service-providing establishments at the decision or direction of the Chairperson of the People's Committee of the province or centrally-run city.
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