Shut-down Shanghai to gradually reopen shopping malls and other businesses

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SHANGHAI (AP) — China’s financial and manufacturing hub of Shanghai will gradually begin reopening businesses such as shopping malls and beauty salons starting Monday after weeks of strict COVID-19 lockdown, the city’s deputy mayor said Sunday. at a press conference.

Shanghai, which has been in lockdown for more than six weeks, is in the midst of a recent tightening in some areas that it hopes will mark the last push in its battle against the virus.

Shopping malls, department stores and supermarkets will begin to resume store operations and allow customers to shop in an “orderly manner”, while beauty salons and vegetable markets will reopen with limited capacity, Vice Mayor Chen said. Tong, but did not elaborate on the pace or scope of those reopenings.

During Shanghai’s lockdown, residents have been limited mainly to shopping necessities, with normal shopping on online platforms largely suspended.

Shanghai will also soon announce a third “white list” of more than 820 import-export companies that can resume operations, a city official said. (Reporting by Brenda Goh, Albee Zhang, and Tony Munroe; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell and Simon Cameron-Moore)

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