Ha Long reopens public beaches and outdoor sports activities


By Hoang Phong September 20, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. GMT +7

People swim at Hon Gai Beach in Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province, June 2021. Photo by VnExpress / Minh Cuong

Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province, lifted the ban on swimming and allowed outdoor activities to resume from Sunday after bringing the local pandemic situation under control.

The city of more than 300,000 inhabitants went three months without community transmission of the new coronavirus and 90% of its population aged 18 and over received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine.

Football stadiums, gymnasiums, fitness centers and billiard services have been allowed to resume operations while complying with pandemic prevention measures.

About two hours east of Hanoi, the city is home to the famous Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO-recognized natural heritage site and several attractive beaches.

In August, provincial authorities closed its beaches and suspended tourist activities more than a month after the resumption as the pandemic situation became “complicated”. They plan to reopen intra-provincial tourism activities next month.

The number of visitors to Quang Ninh fell 37% last year to 8.8 million when Vietnam closed its borders in March 2020.

Quang Ninh has only recorded seven cases in the ongoing wave of Covid-19 that has infected more than 680,000 cases nationwide since the end of April.

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