Some Shanghai Businesses to Reopen Monday, Officials Say

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Supermarkets, malls and restaurants in Shanghai will be allowed to open in a limited capacity starting Monday, officials said, even while it remained unclear whether residents would be let out from their homes.

The city’s Vice Mayor Chen Tong said Sunday at a daily press briefing that grocery stores, malls, convenience stores and pharmacies will be allowed to reopen while implementing measures that “reduce the flow of people.”

Agriculture markets will also be allowed to reopen while ensuring “no contact” transactions. You can order takeout from restaurants.

However, Shanghai’s transportation department said Sunday that all subway lines in the city had stopped operating. These services will resume service when it is known.

Residents are cautiously waiting to see how these new measures play out. Although the city’s official total lockdown began at the end of March, many have been stuck in their homes for longer.

Shanghai officials stated previously that they would only reopen the city of 25million people in a restricted manner. However, restrictions will be placed on return even if cases are pending.

Residents who have been allowed to return to work are put into a “closed loop” system similar to the one used for the Olympics. This means that they can’t return to home and must stay on site.

China recorded 1,718 COVID-19 locally transmitted cases Sunday. The vast majority of these infections were not symptomatic.

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