16 March 2020 – Compulsory use of face masks introduced

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Regulation
Sectors Involved: Executive Office, Foreign Affairs, Immigration
Intervention Categories: Individual measures; Adapting or closing offices, businesses, institutions, and operations
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Prime Minister

Overview: In an announcement of the Prime Minister’s Office on 14th March 2020 – from 16th March 2020, all Vietnamese and foreigners in Vietnam must wear their masks in public places with crowded people (such as at supermarkets, airports, railway stations, bus stations, on public transport means). As advised by professionals of VN Ministry of Health, as Coronavirus can easily transmit from and to others through means of mouths, it is therefore believed that wearing masks will help stop transmission of the disease.
Full details here: https://luatvietnam.vn/y-te/thong-bao-98-tb-vpcp-ket-luan-cua-thu-tuong-ve-phong-chong-dich-covid-19-181472-d6.html

Type of Justification: No justification given
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government, National – academic