UPDATE AND GUIDANCE ON THE URGENT REGULATIONS ABOUT COVID-19 – NEWSLETTER NO.2

UPDATE AND GUIDANCE ON THE URGENT REGULATIONS ABOUT COVID-19 – NEWSLETTER NO.2

(Last Updated On: July 27, 2021)

Ho Chi Minh City business operation restraints from July 24th, 2021 according to Directive No. 12-CT/TU

With the unpredictabilities of the new Covid-19 outbreak in Vietnam particularly in Ho Chi Minh City, the Government and the City Authorities have rectified the short and long term policies on business-related operation concerns with the following updates and guidances:

HO CHI MINH CITY’S AUTHORITY HAS RESTRAINED BUSINESSES OPERATIONS FROM JULY 24TH, 2021 TO AUGUST 1ST, 2021

Under Directive No. 12-CT/TU of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City on strengthening measures to implement Directive No. 16/CT-TTg of the Government. From July 24th, 2021, Ho Chi Minh City is requested to narrow down a group of essential businesses that are allowed to operate outlined below:

  • Manufacturing, operation of construction sites, construction activities, or traffic construction that are not categorized as critical or essential is suspended.
  • Banks and Securities companies maintain operation activities to the extent sufficient to provide essential services in a timely manner. Particularly to their branches or transaction offices, they may operate alternately and arrange personnel to shift work, strictly comply with the distancing regulations.
  • Tighten enterprises’ operations: Only enterprises providing essential services regarding health, pharmaceutical, food services; providing meals for hospitals, isolation areas, and treatment areas; electricity, water, gas, postal, telecommunications, public sanitation, transportation of essential goods; State Treasury, funeral services and some other essential services.
  • Other manufacturing enterprises are allowed to operate only when they ensure safety and comply strictly with the principles of “3 On” (producing on-premises, eating on-premises, resting on-premises) and “One route – Two destinations”.
  • State Agencies shall organize to work by day shifts or hour shifts.

Hence, from July 24th, 2021, non-essential enterprises are not allowed to operate; employees shall not travel unless it is essential.

However, according to Guidance No.2468 – last paragraph of Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee at Section 2.2, it states that enterprises are allowed to maintain shift duty to maintain the information technology systems, fire and explosion prevention…

Accordingly, in case it is necessary to appoint any employees for shifts rotation at an enterprise, travel for essential needs to maintain business activities to the minimum extent; protect the safety of assets, human resources…enterprises should prepare a Call-out Order or Confirmation of Employment provided to these employees to coordinate and explain with public authorities for their supporting and consideration.

GOVERNMENT SHIFTING ITS MINDSET TOWARDS “DUAL GOAL”

Some signals from the Government that should be kept in mind:

  • The herd immunity plan through vaccination has not been accomplished and there is no certainty of the end of the pandemic.
  • Humans are the center of all economic and social activities, hence the fundamental objective is to protect the health of people rather than economic development at all costs. There are deliberations and apprehension about “dual goal” as “more harms than good” with greater risk of losses than the prospects of benefits.
  • The government may have pivoted in strategic thinking, “Previously, the “dual goal” was to achieve both objectives concurrently; however, it is not feasible no more. With the position of Ho Chi Minh City, it should prioritize one of the two, fighting against the pandemic or developing the economy” – According to Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Mr. Dao Ngoc Dung spoke as a Delegate at the discussion session on the afternoon of July 22.

The points above indicate that there may be new policies in the near future resulting in tightening and adverse effects on business activities in the short term and long-term macro policies to stimulate and revitalize business activities.

Henceforth, the Head of enterprises needs to monitor and proactively plan business strategies in line with the Government’s policies to avoid negative impacts and take advantage of future opportunities ahead.

VIVA will continue to update new regulations and always maintain a hotline via email: support@vivabcs.com.vn or Call center: 1800 1243 to be ready to support you when you need to handle arising situations such as drafting documents, explanations…

We wish you and your families are always safe and will run business activities well during this period. Ready to come back strongly as soon as the epidemic is pushed back.

Readmore:

NEW URGENT REGULATIONS ON COVID-19 -– NEWSLETTER NO.1 

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