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Monday, August 8, 2022

Dust-to-dawn services finally get green light

Updated: 16:10’ - 07/08/2020
From July 27, cultural, entertainment, food-catering, shopping and tourism services may be provided from 18:00 hours to 6:00 hours of the following day, according to a scheme on development of night-time economy recently approved by the Prime Minister.

Ta Hien street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter is famous for its nightlife__Photo: Internet

Under Prime Minister Decision 1129/QD-TTg, the scheme is expected to help seize opportunities to develop the evening economy, with a view to increasing people’s income and living standards, and at the same time may reduce risks and mitigate negative impacts of night-time service activities on political security and social order and safety.

Under the scheme, the Government’s support for night-time economy development must comply with the international night-time service development trend in order to make the best use of night time and create more opportunities for economic growth and diversify economic activities. Night-time services are also expected to better serve the material and spiritual life of people, especially foreign tourists.

However, the Government does not encourage large-scale development of night-time economy after 22:00 hours and prefer implementing the scheme step by step at major tourist destinations across the country, the new regulation stresses.

As planned, during 2021-25, some night-time entertainment complexes will be built in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang city.

Meanwhile, night-time service activities may be carried out until 6:00 hours of the following day on a pilot basis in famous tourism sites and attractions in cities with large numbers of tourists such as Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hoi An, Thua Thien - Hue, Can Tho, Da Lat and Phu Quoc island. If successful, the model will be replicated in other localities. 

The Prime Minister requests the planning of areas prioritized for night-time economy development to be synchronous with infrastructure development in order to ensure electricity and water supply, transportation and environmental hygiene conditions, and minimize noise pollution and domestic wastes.

The Government leader also asks localities to devise measures to relocate their residents from areas where night-time service activities are expected to take place to ensure their normal life at night.- (VNS/VLLF)

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