Tourist sites closed and festivals suspended. Such are the measures taken so far in Vietnam to ensure the safety of travelers and the community.
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Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City closed Thong Nhat Conference Hall (Presidential Palace) from March 17 to April 1 and Suoi Tien and Dam Sen Park until March 31.
The city authorities also shut down cinemas, bars, online game shops, karaoke, theaters until the end of this month.
Historical and cultural sites in the province remain closed from March 14. Earlier, they also stopped welcoming international tourists arriving at Chan May port as well as ordered bars, karaoke, and internet shops to close.
The province temporarily stopped welcoming visitors at tourist attractions from March 17. Some businesses in the province also reportedly stop taking tourists to Son Doong Cave, En Cave, Tu Lan Cave, and Ozo Park, the iconic destinations of Quang Binh.
All resorts and accommodation establishments in the province are ordered to stop welcoming international tourists.
Other provinces frequently visited by international tourists including Binh Dinh, Ninh Thuan, Kien Giang and Dak Lak also ordered the closure of historical and cultural sites, traditional craft villages, scenic places.
Vietnam welcomed 3.23 million international arrivals in the first two months of 2020, up 4.8% over the same period of 2019, the two-month lowest growth in the 2016-2020 period. In February, around1.24 million tourists visited Vietnam, down 37.7% over the previous month and 21.8% over the same period of 2019.
Vietnam has reported 68 people positive with the novel coronavirus at the time of writing. To curb its spread, Vietnam has tightened the entry of visitors from many parts of the world.