Hue closes all tourist destinations and bans gatherings of 20+

The tomb of King Tu Duc of the Nguyen Dynasty, a famous tourist destination in Hue, is seen from above. Photo by VnExpress / Vo Thanh.

Authorities in Thua Thien-Hue province, home to the popular tourist town of Hue, have closed tourist destinations, historic remains and banned gatherings of more than 20 people from Thursday.

The move came after the province recorded two new community transmissions in Phong Dien district whose sources of transmission are unclear.

Restaurants, street eateries, and cafes are allowed to serve customers, but no more than half their place settings while religious ceremonies of more than 20 people are prohibited.

Festivals, cultural and artistic performances as well as swimming would be suspended while bars, karaoke lounges, dance clubs, pubs and beer clubs would remain closed until further notice.

Provincial authorities have also called on residents to limit outings for non-essential reasons.

Hue, capital of Thua Thien-Hue province, famous for its imperial citadel and royal tombs, reopened its tourist attractions and historic sites in mid-June.

In the ongoing fourth wave of Covid that hit April 27, Thua Thien-Hue reported 177 infections, out of the country’s more than 237,000 cases.

Many other tourist destinations like Vung Tau, Phan Thiet, Da Nang and Hoi An have also been placed under lockdown after the detection of Covid clusters.

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