Unfortunately, Vietnam has entered its fourth Covid wave starting on April 27 and the country is under lockdown. The northern provinces, including Hanoi, have been affected most severely. The central coastal city of Danang has also been affected. Luckily, Saigon has been spared the worst and has only recorded a limited number of Covid transmissions, but a lock down remains in effect, nonetheless.
The lockdown rules vary from city-to-city and from province-to-province, however, most non-essential services have been forced to close. This includes karaoke establishments, bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, banquet halls, church gatherings and the like. Social distancing requirements in Hanoi and Danang demand no large gatherings of over 5 people or more. Most school children are no longer in class but are at home for the summer. Workers are encouraged to socially distance, wear a mask, and work from home, if possible.
The latest news is quite saddening, as I had anticipated back to normal by summer or fall. Perhaps I was over confident that the last effects of Covid would be well on its way. Unfortunately, it looks like closed borders and any return to normalcy will be delayed once more. This fourth wave has proven to be the most challenging for the country, and it will be interesting to see if and how Vietnam can move past this latest wave.