HCMC – HCMC has resumed dine-in services from this morning, October 28, after nearly five months of restrictions, but restaurants and coffee shops still have to comply with a number of anti-pandemic measures.
Restaurants and coffee shops are required to operate at 50% capacity or less and close before 9 p.m., according a decision signed by HCMC vice chairwoman Phan Thi Thang on October 27.
Besides, they are not allowed to offer alcoholic drinks in most districts. Only restaurants in certain areas of District 7 and Thu Duc City can serve alcoholic drinks under a pilot scheme which lasts until November 15. The authorities of the two districts will decide the areas where the scheme can be executed.
Restaurants and coffee shops have to meet four criteria set by the HCMC Food Safety Management Board when resuming indoor dining.
They must own a certificate showing they meet all food safety requirements and apply for a QR code at antoan-covid.tphcm.gov.vn.
Besides, they must have soap or hand sanitizers available for all employees, guests and delivery persons to use.
Depending on the Covid situation, restaurants and coffee shops will have to restrict the number of workers and guests.
In addition, all restaurant employees, guests, delivery persons and others would have to comply with anti-pandemic measures such as wearing face masks, washing hands, keeping a safe physical distance from each other and presenting a QR code showing their health declaration and vaccination status.
The HCMC Department of Health will be responsible for guiding restaurants to apply anti-pandemic measures.