COVID-19: Laos loosens social distancing measures hinh anh 1COVID-19 vaccination in Vientiane (Photo: VNA)
Vientiane (VNA) Laos has loosened a number of social distancing measures across the country and allowed COVID-19-free localities to re-open tourist sites amid the eased pandemic situation in the country.

However, the country maintains ban on sale of alcohol drinks, while people are requested to implement pandemic prevention and control regulations.

Historical relic sites, ecotourism areas and other tourist sites in Luang Prabang have been allowed to receive tourists. Meanwhile, sport activities have been resumed.

In Vientiane province, people receiving permit can conduct fishing in rivers from 8am to 6pm. Tourist sites and service facilities have been re-opened but they do not sell alcohol drinks.
In Oudomxay, local authorities have allowed the reopening of hotels, motels and resorts, along with schools and ecotourism areas.
In Vientiane capital city where there are still COVID-19 cases in community, hair and beauty salons have resumed operations but without shaving and face massage services. Night markets are allowed to open until 10pm. However, tourist sites and restaurants have yet to receive permission to re-open.

In order to prevent the risk of COVID-19 from the outside, especially through people entering the country, pandemic prevention forces in Lao localities along the border with Thailand have strengthened waterway patrols along the Mekong River.

Local authorities have encouraged people to report suspects of illegal entry from Thailand through the river.

Earlier, Laos had found a number of people trying to enter the country illegally as they failed to show enough legal documents and wanted to avoid quarantine. This has posed threats of COVID-19 outbreak in the community.

At the same time, Lao Airlines has announced to resume domestic air routes from June 25 after more than two months of suspension due to impacts of COVID-19.
According to the Laos’ Ministry of Health, as of June 22 noon, the Southeast Asian country confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases, raising the national count to 2,067, including two found in the community in Vientiane and 11 imported cases./.