Tam Chuc Pagoda, a well-liked non secular and vacationer vacation spot within the northern province of Ha Nam, round 60 kilometers from Hanoi, obtained 60,000 guests on Sunday, 3 times the quantity as in all the first lunar month that ended a couple of days in the past.
The pagoda administration requires all pilgrims to comply with the Covid-19 prevention regime together with making medical declarations, however many didn’t adjust to social distancing necessities.
After being closed for almost a month because of the nation’s newest outbreak that started on Jan. 28, Huong (Fragrance) Pagoda, a set of temples and shrines constructed amid mountains and forest in Hanoi’s outlying district of My Duc, reopened final Saturday.
It obtained 20,000 guests final weekend, with many refusing to put on masks and adjust to different pandemic prevention measures.
Tran Dac Phu, senior advisor to the Well being Ministry’s public well being emergency operations heart, stated whereas visiting pagodas and temples throughout spring is a convention there’s a excessive danger of recent outbreaks.
“Gathering in giant numbers at main pagodas, many even with out face masks, is extraordinarily harmful.”
It might be very tough to contact hint rapidly if there’s an outbreak among the many crowds, he warned additional.
Over 70 % of Vietnamese are Buddhist or not less than comply with Buddhist practices.
Many anxious readers wrote to VnExpress to complain about such “actually worrying” scenes of crowding at Tam Chuc Pagoda, and urged authorities to take drastic measures to forestall it.
A reader named Tam Duc wrote: “It was such a worrisome scene because the pandemic just isn’t but over.”
Vietnam has been combating the newest Covid outbreak that has unfold to 13 localities, together with main cities like Hanoi and HCMC. There have been 901 instances since Jan. 28.
With the pandemic roughly beneath management, many cities and provinces, together with Hai Phong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, and Quang Ninh, house to world well-known Ha Lengthy Bay, have allowed tourism providers to renew.