The labor ministry has rejected a proposal to extend the National Day holiday this year from one to five days, citing productivity reasons.
Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung on Wednesday said the extension would require careful consideration of its possible impacts.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and many tourism businesses have recently called for extending the National Day holiday from Wednesday to the weekend to promote domestic tourism, which is suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic. 19.
Dung said that since the first Covid-19 cases were detected in January, the country has taken a series of measures to prevent the infection such as letting people work and study online. online, social distancing, and bans on public gatherings of more than two people.
As a result, there are already too many days off, he said.
“The time has come for us to simultaneously fight the epidemic, restore production and the labor market.We must maximize production to promote economic growth."
Besides, schools usually open for the year in the first week of September, and extending the National Day holiday would disrupt the opening, he said.
“Due to such basic reasons, the position of the Ministry and I personally do not agree with the proposal to extend the holiday.I informed the prime minister, and he agreed with me."
Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung.Photo: VnExpress / Vo Hai.
National Day commemorates President Ho Chi Minh’s reading of the Declaration of Independence in Hanoi on September 2, 1945.
From 2021, there will be 1 more National Day holiday, before or after.
According to the General Statistics Office, the tourism industry lost about 7 billion USD in revenue due to the pandemic in January and February.
That was before the country suspended international flights on March 25.
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