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Bac Ninh province applies pay-to-stay quarantine service

People who come from or passing through COVID-19 hit areas will have to pay for concentrated quarantine when arriving in the northern province of Bac Ninh from April 7.

Under a new document on urgent measures to cope with the COVID-19 signed by the Chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee, exceptions will be made for those who have finished quarantine in other localities or have been certified by authorised agencies.

Those who perform special duties, providing food or essential necessities, shuttle buses for workers or experts are also included. However, they have to show their working schedule and contact persons and implement disease prevention measures as required by local authorities.

Meanwhile, local residents will have to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine period at home if they have come from or passed through the pandemic-struck provinces and cities.

The measure is issued to curb the spread of disease in the locality and ensure the effectiveness of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s Directive 16 on COVID-19 prevention and control.

The provincial People’s Committee asked agencies and local administrations to strictly follow the PM’s order on social distancing.

For businesses whose experts and workers from or passing through Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces arriving at Bac Ninh to work, they should be asked to restrict contact with others and keep a minimum distance of 2m when in contact. A private working area should be arranged for them and their health should be monitored regularly.

Local administrations are requested to collaborate with the provincial health department, the police and relevant agencies in supervising quarantined people. All violators should be strictly dealt with, according to the document.

Earlier, the province has set up six checkpoints to monitor people and vehicles entering the locality.