PM Pham Minh Chinh in a Monday meeting ordered people's committee chairmen to ensure local residents wear face masks in crowded areas. "The chairmen will be accountable for any community transmissions within their localities. Crowded events should be limited."
Fireworks displays to mark major national celebrations like the Lunar New Year holiday or Tet, Reunification Day on April 30 and Independence Day on September 2 are a long-standing tradition in Vietnam.
This weekend, Vietnamese will enjoy a four-day break starting Friday to celebrate Reunification Day and Labor Day (May 1).
Tran Dac Phu, senior advisor at the Public Health Emergency Operations Center under Vietnam's Ministry of Health, said Vietnam has to learn the lessons from India and other countries in the region like Cambodia and Thailand to avoid neglecting vital health protection measures like wearing masks in public and call off crowded events.
Several Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia, Laos and Thailand have been struggling with a significant surge in community transmissions linked to new variants while India is being shaken by a coronavirus storm.
Last weekend, thousands of people flocked to Sam Son beach town in Thanh Hoa Province, central Vietnam to attend the opening ceremony of a tourism festival, with many failing to wear face masks amid large crowds. The images raised big concerns over Covid-19 risks.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Monday asked localities to limit crowded events and strengthen pandemic prevention measures during the upcoming holiday.
Vietnam has gone over one month without Covid-19 community transmissions.