Local eateries and taxi drivers set up plastic shields to prevent COVID-19 spread

Monday, 2020-04-27 17:39:44
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Local eateries and taxi drivers set up plastic shields to prevent COVID-19 spread
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NDO – Many eateries and taxi drivers in Hanoi have set up plastic shields to prevent COVID-19 spread as they have been allowed to resume operations after social distancing restrictions in the capital city being loosened.

Shops and services have been allowed to resume operation since April 23, excluding entertainment facilities, karaoke bars, massage parlors, and game clubs; however, they are requested to practice proper COVID-19 preventative measures.

Owner of a ‘pho’ restaurant in Ton Duc Thang street in Dong Da district installed plastic partitions to prevent contact between customers.

“Although we attract many restaurant goers, we receive a proper number of customers at the one time in order to ensure distance between individuals”, said owner of Thinh ‘pho’ restaurant.

Plastic shields are also installed at several eateries on Phu Doan street of Hoan Kiem district.

Nguyen Duc Son, owner of an eatery at No 61 Phu Doan street said that he uses plastic shields to divide the table into four smaller spaces, following the office partition solutions at companies.

The plastic shields were installed by Son himself at a cost of VND1.5 million for 10 tables.

Similar plastic shields were also installed at an eatery at No 65 Phu Doan street, which is owned by Dang Dinh Ha.

As Phu Doan street has the Viet Duc hospitals and many clinics, restaurants and eateries on the street serving many patients and their relatives every day. Thus, the idea of installing plastic shields should be copied to protect restaurant goers against the threat of COVID-19.

Drivers of ride-hailing services have also adopted the idea of partitioning their seat from the rest of the car with plastic shields.

"We learnt ideas on social networking sites to design plastic dividers in cars in order to minimise contact with passengers", Dao Manh Dung, a taxi driver said.

The installation of the plastic dividers doesn’t have any effect on the car’s structure, and it was approved by functional agencies, he added.

The idea has been highly appreciated by the customers, particularly in the context of the complicated developments of COVID-19 outbreak.

All seats in the bus are marked with a reminder for passengers to maintain distance from each other.

According to new regulations of Hanoi Transport Corporation, a bus cannot carry more than 50% of its capacity and no more than 20 people.

Passengers on the bus are required to sit apart and wear masks throughout the trip.

Bus handles and doors are sanitised after each trip.

As of 6am on April 27 there were no new infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Vietnam, marking the 11th day in a row the country has seen no new COVID-19 cases through community infection, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said.

Photo credit: Ha Nam