The Tax Department of Ho Chi Minh City said that during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic from May to now, business households and individuals have had to suspend operations following the social distancing policy of the city, tax agencies have coordinated with local authorities and management boards of commercial centers, markets, and local tax advisory councils to exempt and reduce taxes for business households and individuals affected by the pandemic.
New coronavirus outbreaks have placed unprecedented strain on supermarket retailers. With the social distancing pressure piling up, supermarkets and giant stores like Saigon Co.op and Bach Hoa Xanh have quickly become overwhelmed.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his delegation had a working session with the authorities of Ho Chi Minh City on the implementation of stricter social distancing and measures to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic in the city on the afternoon of August 26.
Along with the supply of necessities, over the past time, many organizations and publishing houses have joined hands to bring books into isolation and blocked areas so that patients can take up reading during these days when Ho Chi Minh City has been practicing strict social distancing. In these boring days of social distancing, the activity of bringing books to readers is very meaningful.
It was recorded that the retail system in Ho Chi Minh City was quite deserted, with 100 percent of traditional markets and more than 50 percent of retail systems closed, and the number of customers dropping by nearly 100 percent on the morning of August 23 - the first day that HCMC strengthens control on social distancing following Directive No.16.
The Working Group 970 of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), on August 23, sent a report to Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh on the supply of food and foodstuffs for Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong during social distancing.
As the newest travel restriction is implemented in HCMC on August 23 due to Covid-19, military-manned checkpoints have seen little traffic, and those who move through one must present relevant documents to be reviewed carefully.
HCMC has further tightened stricter social distancing measures in the whole city and prepared two million bags of food delivered to local residents. People in the “green zones” will be allowed to go out for food once a week, according to an announcement on missions in the prevention and control of the coronavirus outbreak from August 22 to September 6 by the HCMC Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.
App-based delivery services have been asked to suspend their operations in Thu Duc City and districts of 8, 12, Go Vap, Binh Tan, Binh Thanh, Binh Chanh and Hoc Mon starting from 0:00 on August 23-September 6.