Beijing reopens restaurants, bars, museums and subways, after a month of closure

Beijing is finally lifting the restrictions. Since the beginning of May, the Chinese capital, populated by 22 million people, had closed bars, cafes, sports halls, gymnasiums, museums, or even dozens of metro stations in order to face an epidemic outbreak. It is now over.

With the number of new positive cases in Beijing gradually falling (only two announced on Tuesday), authorities are now allowing residents to return to the office. Schools will be able to reopen gradually from June 13. The Universal Studios amusement park has announced its reopening for June 15. Cinemas and gyms have also reopened – at 75% capacity for now.

Fall in turnover and gauge at 50%

If the anti-Covid measures have made it possible to limit the proliferation of the coronavirus, they have obviously led to economic losses for restaurateurs. “Our turnover in May fell about 65% compared to last year,” laments Zhang Shengtao, operations manager at Beijing Huda Catering, which runs a popular chain of crawfish restaurants in Beijing. garlic and chillies.

However, the recovery is not yet complete. The establishments can only operate at 50% of their capacity “even if customers are flocking”, underlines Wu Ziwen, the manager of a Nanjing Dapaidang restaurant. Pekingese must also have a negative PCR test dating back less than 72 hours in order to enter most buildings and use public transport.

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