Quang Nam reopens public beaches, receives tourists to Hoi An
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Tourists in Hoi An ancient town, Quang Nam Province, October 4, 2020. Photo by Do Anh Vu.
Authorities in Quang Nam Province decided to reopen public beaches and allowed Hoi An, a popular tourism hotspot, to welcome tourists back from Tuesday.
The move came after Quang Nam, which neighbors Da Nang, experienced 14 days without new community transmissions, the Government Portal reported.
With the latest decision, Hoi An ancient town, a UNESCO heritage site, would reopen its beaches, tourist attractions, historical and cultural sites and pedestrian zones with large crowds of more than 30 people being allowed.
Cafes, restaurants, pubs and refreshment stalls are also allowed to resume operation but only serve takeaways.
Provincial authorities have also permitted festivals, exhibitions, sports events and religious ceremonies to commence, with pandemic prevention measures mandatory. However, bars, karaoke parlors and dance clubs remain closed until further notice.
Earlier this month, Hoi An closed all tourist attractions and pedestrian zones and shut down its famous beaches like An Bang, Tra My and Cua Dai after Quang Nam detected new community transmissions.
During the ongoing fourth coronavirus wave that hit the country on April 27, Quang Nam has recorded three domestic infections, all linked to the outbreak in Da Nang.
Quang Nam Province’s tourism revenues dropped 82 percent year-on-year in 2020 to over VND1 trillion ($43.5 million), according to the General Statistics Office.