Some shops in Shanghai are set to reopen on Monday, officials say

Supermarkets, malls and restaurants in Shanghai will be allowed to open on a limited basis from Monday, officials said, though it remained unclear whether residents would be leaving their homes.

The city’s vice mayor Chen Tong said at a daily news conference on Sunday that grocery stores, malls, convenience stores and pharmacies will be allowed to reopen while measures to “reduce the flow of people” are implemented.

Agricultural markets are also allowed to reopen while non-contact transactions are guaranteed. Restaurants are allowed to offer take-away meals.

However, the Shanghai Transportation Department said on Sunday that all subway lines in the city had shut down. It was unclear when these services would restart.

City dwellers are eagerly awaiting the actual impact of the new measures. Although the city officially went into total lockdown at the end of March, many have been stuck in their homes for longer.

Shanghai officials have previously said the city of 25 million would reopen in a limited way just to allow return restrictions even if cases subside.

Residents who have been allowed to return to work will be placed in a “closed-loop” system similar to that used for the Olympics. This means that they cannot return home but have to live locally.

China reported 1,718 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with the vast majority classified by authorities as asymptomatic infections. Some shops in Shanghai are set to reopen on Monday, officials say

Bobby Allyn

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