On March 31, 2020, Vietnam issued Directive No. 16/CT-TTg of the Prime Minister of Vietnam, setting out a wide range of social distancing measures, which we covered in an earlier client alert (click here for details). Following this nationwide announcement, local authorities in various provinces and cities have released their own guidance on implementation of measures for preventing and controlling the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Chairperson of the People’s Committee of Hanoi (“Hanoi PC”) issued Directive No. 05/CT-UBND, under which, in addition to the application of measures as required by the Prime Minster, the Chairperson of the Hanoi PC also further detailed which businesses are considered “essential” and therefore not subject to suspension. For those operating within the jurisdiction of the Hanoi PC, the following businesses are considered “essential”:
Notably, neither the directive of the Prime Minister nor the directive from Hanoi specifically mention other service providers such as tax, auditing, notarial offices, etc. It appears that those service providers are allowed to continue operating based on public statements made in interviews by Mr. Mai Tien Dung, Minister and Chairman of the Government Office. However, the operation of those entities may be changed following a shift in circumstances.
Guidance for Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong Province and other localities has also been issued and the guidelines may differ from locality to locality. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at [email protected] for our further assistance.