The Chinese city of Shanghai plans to reopen catering services at restaurants in low-risk areas, as well as those that have seen no recent spread of Covid-19 at the community level, from June 29, Reuters reported.
Although the city lifted its two-month Covid-19 lockdown on June 1, many restaurants in the city could only offer take-out services.
According to a ShanghaiDaily report, catering services will begin for diners who have a 72-hour negative nucleic acid test report.
To enter a restaurant, diners must wear a mask, scan the venue code and have their temperature checked.
Restaurants in Shanghai halted catering services for customers after a lockdown was imposed in the city to curb the spread of Covid-19 in early April.
Shanghai Commerce Commission official Lai Xiaoyi was quoted by ShanghaiDaily as saying, “Local district governments will decide which regions can resume catering services based on assessments of the pandemic situation.
Once catering services resume, large and medium-sized restaurants will have to operate at 70% capacity, with tables in restaurants placed at least one meter apart.
Before the resumption of catering services, restaurants are required to carry out preventive disinfection while tables, chairs and dishes will have to be cleaned and disinfected after each group of customers at the start of services.
Lai added that restaurants will have to limit customers’ eating times to one and a half hours.
On June 25, Shanghai reported no new Covid-19 infections for the first time since March, CNA reported.
Last month, China banned restaurants in Beijing to control the city’s latest Covid-19 outbreak.