Back Stories » Saigon » Saigon Will Fine Citizens for Not Wearing Masks in Public From Tomorrow

Saigon Will Fine Citizens for Not Wearing Masks in Public From Tomorrow

Wearing face masks in public in Saigon is not just a safety guideline anymore, as city officials have decided to once again start fining Saigoneers for flouting the rule.

In a meeting of the municipal anti-Covid steering committee on August 3, Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Nguyễn Thành Phong ordered district officials to closely monitor the state of face mask wearing in their community and fine anyone who fails to comply starting from August 5, reports Tuoi Tre.

District officials must also properly inform their constituents of where and how to purchase face masks in the given district.

In an interview with the newspaper, Từ Lương, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Information and Communication, said that the penalty is being brought back because there have been signs of complacency during the current wave of COVID-19 infections among community members.

Lương added that Saigon runs high risks of viral community spread, as thousands of people reported having visited Da Nang in July, when the outbreak was brewing under the radar in the central Vietnam metropolis.

HCMC Party Secretary Nguyễn Thiện Nhân also echoed caution during yesterday’s meeting, saying that around 20% of Saigoneers don’t wear masks while outside.

Nhân urged all city dwellers who returned from Da Nang to self-quarantine and get tested. If they don’t, he said, neighbors and community members should report them to local officials.

According to local law, not wearing face masks during a COVID-19 outbreak against guidelines by health officials can lead to a fine of VND100,000–300,000.

Related Articles

in Saigon

Get Tested or Face Criminal Charges, Saigon Warns 3,000 Da Nang Returnees

If any Saigon resident who visited Da Nang last month fails to complete a health declaration by the end of today, they could face criminal charges.

in Saigon

8 Saigon Hotels Approved as Paid Quarantine Facilities for Foreign Experts

They include two five-star hotels, four four-star properties, and one-three star hotel.

in Saigon

It's Official: Saigon Public Schools to Reopen Starting From Next Week

Masks have played a prominent role in Vietnam's fight against the spread of COVID-19, and will continue to do so moving into the new normal.

in Health

Saigon Quarantines 47 Direct Contacts of Suspected Covid-19 Case in Japan

A rapid test in Japan recently showed that a South Korean national who arrived from Vietnam might have been infected with COVID-19.

in Saigon

Saigon Quarantines Woman Who Entered Vietnam Illegally From Cambodia

While Vietnam currently has a firm grasp on curbing COVID-19 spread via air travel, its land borders remain a high-risk link in the country’s epidemic response.

in Saigon

The Social Distancing Order Is Relaxed. What Happens Next for Saigon?

As of midnight earlier today, all localities in Vietnam, including areas previously deemed high-risk like Saigon and Hanoi, can relax some social distancing restrictions imposed to curb the spread of ...