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Social distancing measures empty famous resort town in southern Vietnam

By Truong Ha July 17, 2021 | 19:44 GMT + 7

Once populated with throngs of vacationers, the resort town of Vung Tau is now abandoned amid tighter social distancing measures.

Since Wednesday, the 140-square-kilometer town with more than 400,000 residents entered a 14-day social distancing campaign under government Directive 16, which bans gatherings of more than two people in public and asks people to only leave home for emergencies, buying food and medicine, and working in factories, production facilities and businesses that involve "essential" goods and services.

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The Martyrs’ Memorial intersection between February 3 Thi Sach, Vo Thi Sau, and Le Hong Phong streets in Vung Tau town, southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, was virtually empty on Friday morning. It is one of the two gateways to the city center.

As of Wednesday, the 140-square-kilometer city with more than 400,000 residents has entered a 14-day social distancing campaign under government directive 16, which bans gatherings of more than two people in public and ask people to leave their homes only for emergencies, buy food and medicine, and work in factories, production facilities and businesses that involve property and “essential” services.

Social distancing measures empty famous resort town in southern Vietnam

A woman walks with her child through an alley full of hotels and motels on Rue Thuy Van. More than two months ago, this street was bustling with visitors during the reunification holidays (April 30), just days after Vietnam reported its fourth wave of coronavirus.

Social distancing measures empty famous resort town in southern Vietnam

Bai Sau, a 10-kilometer-long beach famous among vacationers, is virtually deserted unlike the crowded scene of more than 70,000 people flocking here on April 30 despite the threat of Covid.

From June 1, provincial authorities ordered a bathing ban and suspended all boat services to the Con Dao Islands, a popular tourist destination after neighbor Ho Chi Minh City reported clusters of Covid.

Social distancing measures empty famous resort town in southern Vietnam

A street that runs along the beach has no vehicles or passers-by.

Social distancing measures empty famous resort town in southern Vietnam

Rows of food stalls and shops on Vung Tau Book Street across from Bai Truoc (Front Beach) had been closed to ensure pandemic prevention measures. The street is usually packed with visitors on weekends or holidays.

Social distancing measures empty famous resort town in southern Vietnam

A member of a task force checks the papers of a woman on Nguyen An Ninh Street to crack down on social distancing violations.

“Many residents have been arrested for leaving their homes unnecessarily during the social distancing order. Some initially resisted the functional forces but then agreed to pay fines,” an unnamed official said.

Those who violate social distancing measures will be fined 1 to 3 million VND ($ 43.38 to $ 130.15).

Social distancing measures empty famous resort town in southern Vietnam

People line up for free vegetables and fruits on Ba Cu Street.

Social distancing measures empty famous resort town in southern Vietnam

A man living in a closed area receives gas at a checkpoint set up to prevent people inside from exiting.

Vung Tau has recorded 67 infections during the current wave.


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