TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Supermarkets, malls and restaurants in Shanghai will be allowed to open in limited capacity starting Monday, officials said, though it was unclear whether residents would be allowed out from their house.
The city’s vice mayor, Chen Tong, said in a daily press briefing on Sunday that grocery stores, malls, convenience stores and pharmacies will be allowed to reopen while implementing measures that “reduce the flow of people”.
Farmers’ markets will also be allowed to reopen while ensuring “contactless” transactions. Restaurants will be allowed to serve takeout.
However, Shanghai’s transport department said on Sunday that all metro lines in the city had stopped operating. It was unclear when these services would restart.
City residents are cautiously waiting to see how the new measures actually play out. Although the city’s official total lockdown began in late March, many have been stuck at home longer.
Shanghai officials have previously said the city of 25 million will reopen in a limited way, only for restrictions to return even if cases drop.
Residents who have been allowed to return to work are placed in a “closed loop” system similar to that used for the Olympics. This means that they cannot return home but must live there.
China reported 1,718 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the vast majority being what authorities said were asymptomatic infections.
Huizhong Wu, Associated Press