Some Shanghai businesses will reopen on Monday, officials say

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Supermarkets, shopping malls and restaurants in Shanghai will be able to open with limited capacity starting Monday, officials said, though it was unclear whether residents would be able to leave their homes.

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

Farmers’ markets will also be allowed to reopen while “contactless” transactions are guaranteed. Restaurants will be able to serve takeout.

However, Shanghai’s transportation department said on Sunday that all subway lines in the city had stopped operating. It was unclear when those services would be restarted.

City residents are cautiously waiting to see how the new measures will actually play out. Although the official full lockdown of the city began in late March, many have been stuck in their homes longer.

Shanghai officials earlier said the city of 25 million people would reopen on a limited basis, only for restrictions to return even as cases decline.

Residents who have been allowed to return to work are placed in a “closed circuit” system similar to the one used for the Olympics. That means they can’t go back home but have to live on the spot.

China on Sunday reported 1,718 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, with the vast majority being what authorities have categorized as asymptomatic infections.

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