VN renews licenses for karaoke lounges

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism November 12 announced in Hanoi that it would renew the granting of business licenses for new karaoke lounges and nightclubs.

Karaoke rooms must have an area of 20 square meter and ensure fire regulation, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

The ministry allowed the granting of business licenses for new karaoke lounges and nightclubs after a four-year interruption, said Le Anh Tuyen, head of the ministry’s Legal Department.

Under the new regulations, karaoke rooms, within the karaoke establishments, have to have cover an area of 20 square meters, excluding secondary construction, and ensure fire regulations.

Importantly, the granting of new licenses would be based on government regulations and the zoning for the activities in each local area.

Currently a total of 50 areas nationwide have been given the green light for karaoke and nightclubs.

Ho Chi Minh City originally adopted a zoning plan for such entertainment activities, which regulated that nightclubs and karaoke lounges must be 100 meters from any temples, churches and educational facilities instead of 200 meters, as the general rules stipulate. 

The city later decided to comply with the general regulations.

The new regulations take effect January 1, 2010.

By V. Xuan - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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