Life after lockdown in Vietnam: This is what it’s like when an entire country reopens

December 10, 2021

As the faint smell of smoke rose up from the sidewalk and into my bedroom, I jumped up and stepped out onto the balcony to survey the Hanoi streets. The owner of my building was burning joss paper (fake money) as an offering of good fortune to their ancestors. After a week with no new Covid-19 cases, Vietnam’s government had just eased its 22-day social distancing initiative, allowing some businesses…