Starting February 15, it is illegal to play music or make loud noise recording over 70dBA in residential areas, according to a new regulation from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Specifically, for special areas like inside the premises of medical centers, libraries, nurseries and schools, the noise is limited to 55dBA from 6am to 9pm and 45dBA from 9pm to 6am.
Noise is defined as any sound produced, whether it is music, caused by production activities, construction, commercial activities or sounds from everyday-life activities.
Meanwhile, the noise limit inside normal zones including apartment blocks, private residential areas, hotels, and state offices is put at 70dBA from 6am to 9pm and 55dBA from 9pm to 6am.
The new regulation came into being after the public and the press seriously debated about excessive noise from loudspeakers or from neighboring houses.
Just last month, a man in the southern Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang was stabbed to death by his neighbor after he refused to turn down music.
Several others were also injured as two groups quarreled over whether the music’s volume should be lowered.