Panic Buying (Saigon Lockdown Update)

Expat Life Aug 21, 2021

Saturday was a panic shopping day. For me, Bach Hoa Xanh was closed when I went there but I heard they later reopened. I tried walking around but could only shop at Family Mart and later Circle K.

Blocked streets

I was going to visit US Mart but unfortunately I went down the wrong streets. Both of them were blocked. I found out later I can only get to Tran Hung Dao via De Tham. They block the streets to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Ho Hao Hom and intersection with Tran Hung Dao in District 1.
Nguyen Khac Nhu is also blocked from Tran Hung Dao in the Co Giang ward.

Vietnamese Military to provide food during lockdown

The city says the military will provide food to those who need it. Nobody really knows how this will be handled. Some of my in the US asked me about this.

Military to oversee food provision in HCMC during lockdown: PM - VnExpress International
The military will coordinate with local authorities and other agencies to ensure food supply for HCMC residents during its social distancing period, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said Thursday.

Shippers allowed in some districts

Luckily shippers in some districts will be allowed to ship food within districts. Hence I suspect I will not see the military in my area. I also suspect we will be allowed to shop with our passes. Eight districts will not be allowed to ship.

It is curious to see if the illegal deliveries will still occur in the other districts.

Shippers to halt services in eight HCMC districts - VnExpress International
Shippers in HCMC’s Thu Duc City and seven other districts would suspend operations starting Aug. 23 when stricter coronavirus restrictions kick in.

Green and Yellow Zones can go out once a week

Edit 7:20 PM: They just announced that those in the green and yellow zones can still go out to buy food once a week. I am curious to see how that will be enforced. There is a large list of allowable workers but overall, not really much difference for the average Saigonese.

HCM City issues movement curbs from Monday, calls for ‘tightening belts’
HCM City on Saturday issued rules for the heightened period of COVID-19 prevention and control starting Monday, as the authorities insisted the next two weeks are not a hard lockdown or a

Covid Surge Explained

For those interested in the reasons for the surge, the below article does a decent job explaining.

HCMC community transmission surge explained - VnExpress International
While the HCMC Health Department ascribed the rise in Covid-19 community transmissions to increased testing, experts blamed a lack of social distancing.

I am curious to see the local new cases for Saigon today. Got 90 more minutes to wait.



A Japanese Amerasian's Journey from the Caspian Sea to Vietnam. I am a RPCV Kazakhstan and a former US Marine. I am also the Tech, Social Media & Marketing guy for Baba's Kitchen.

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