Since April, Beijing has battled an outbreak of the omicron variant of COVID-19. As a result, a number of restrictions have come into force in the Chinese capital. Those restrictions are now gradually being lifted (emphasis on gradually).
Here’s are six things you need to know.
Beijing is Close to Its ‘Zero-COVID’ Target
As announced at the 350th Press Conference on COVID-19 Epidemic Prevention and Control, Beijing saw 18 new locally transmitted cases recorded between midnight and 3pm on May 30. Nine cases were in Fengtai district, eight in Haidian and one in Shijingshan.
Only one of said cases in Fengtai district was not already quarantined. In other words, this is good news! It suggests that the spread of the virus is slowing.
Parks and Scenic Spots to Re-Open, But…
… they will operate at 50% capacity.
From Chaoyang Park to Happy Valley (Huanle Gu), and from Badaling to Jinshanling, many scenic spots and parks are re-opening. Be sure to book a spot in advance if you plan to make a visit. And, don’t forget to have your 48-hour negative nucleic acid test result ready to show.
Public Transport is Getting Back to Life
All buses, subway stations and taxis (including ride-hailing services) will return to normal in Chaoyang, Shunyi and Fangshan districts. However, restrictions will remain in place in specific areas with stricter COVID-19 rules.
Below is a full list of Beijing Subway stations which have already returned to normal:
Line 1 (Batong Line)
Yong’an li, Guomao, Sihui, Sihui Dong, Gaobeidian, Chuanmei Daxue (University of Communications), Shuangqiao, Guangzhuang, Baliqiao
Heping Xiqiao, Huixin Xijie Beikou, Datun Lu Dong
Caofang, Jintai Lu, Qingnian Lu
Guangqumenwai, Shuangjing, Jiulongshan, Dajiaoting, Nanlou Zizhuang, Huanlegu Jingqu (Happy Valley), Fatou, Shuanghe, Jiaohuachang, Huangchang, Langxinzhuang, Heizhuanghu
Fenzhongsi, Jinsong, Shuangjing, Guomao, Jintai Xizhao
Beigong Daximen, Pingleyuan, Jiulongshan, Jintai Lu
Datun Lu Dong, Guozhan, Hualikan, Houshayu, Nanfaxin, Shimen, Shunyi, Fengbo
Shibali Dian, Zhoujiazhuang
Caotian, Changyang, Libafang, Langxiang Nanguan
Dashihe Dong, Magezhuang, Raole Fu, Fangshan Chengguan, Yanshan
Malls are Gradually Re-opening
Many of those which were closed due to COVID-19 – including Parkview Green at Fangcaodi and Beijing SKP – have reopened at limited capacity.
You Still Need to Get Tested...
... if you want to enter certain places. Entry into most ‘public areas’ (parks, shopping malls, scenic spots etc.) still requires you to show a negative nucleic acid test result issued within 48 hours.
In-House Dining Remains Temporarily Suspended
Restaurants, bars and cafes are still limited to takeout only.
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