People swim at Hon Gai Beach in Ha Long, Quang Ninh Province, July 2021. Photo by VnExpress / Minh Cuong.
Quang Ninh province, home to famous Ha Long Bay, imposed a swimming ban and closed all tourist destinations from Wednesday afternoon as a stricter measure to contain the pandemic.
This decision came as the northern province, about two hours from Hanoi, went 37 days without new community transmissions while the pandemic situation in many localities, including the capital, remains complicated with new clusters of Covid.
Street restaurants and cafes are only allowed to serve take-out, while restaurants and dining establishments can serve customers on site but must ensure pandemic prevention measures.
Provincial authorities have also banned the gathering of more than five people in public at a time and ordered all arrivals to provide negative Covid PCR results.
Since June 8, Quang Ninh has reopened tourist destinations, remains, historic sites and golf courses but still bans external visitors. Provincial authorities have also offered free entrance tickets to the Ha Long Bay hotspot until the end of the year to boost domestic tourism.
The number of visitors to Quang Ninh fell 37% last year to 8.8 million as Vietnam closed its borders from March 2020 to keep Covid at bay.
Quang Ninh has recorded five cases in the ongoing wave that has infected more than 170,000 people across the country since the end of April.