In the latest move to crack down on the use of karaoke parlours for prostitution, a draft regulation would require karaoke parlours to maintain separate karaoke equipment for the use of staff.
Under the draft, which has been submitted to the Prime Minister for approval, members of the public would be barred from using karaoke equipment reserved for staff only.
I think this idea in the draft regulation is fair and professional, said Le Anh Tuyen, head of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's Legal Department: Previously, the failure to distinguish between business and non-business uses of
karaoke equipment has created an opportunity for social evils, allowing karaoke to be used as a disguise for other activities, like prostitution.
The latest draft no longer contains, however, a controversial prohibition of dancing in karaoke halls . In contrast to the April draft, the latest version simply states, Dancing is permitted only at dancehalls with proper equipment and
conditions as noted in this regulation.
The latest draft also allows hotels rated at four stars or higher to operate bars, karaoke parlours and dancehalls until 2am, a change based on increasing demand by foreign tourists for entertainment facilities that stay open later. According to Tuyen,
the ministry was considering whether to allow three-star hotels to operate bars until 2am.
The regulation would retain existing provisions requiring bars be located at least 200m from hospitals, schools and pagodas. Some it HCM City had asked that the distance be reduced to 100m, Tuyen said, but the proposals were rejected.