Shanghai resumes restaurant food services as COVID-19 wanes

Shanghai, the center of China’s financial industry, will gradually resume restaurant food operations on Wednesday as the COVID-19 pandemic subsided in the region.

According to a directive issued by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, catering services can resume in townships and sub-districts without medium-risk areas and without community spread of COVID-19-related illnesses in the previous week.

According to the Xinhua news agency, restaurants are now allowed to serve customers at 50 to 70 percent of their total seating capacity following the relaxation of on-site dining regulations.

Before entering restaurants, diners must show negative nucleic acid test results taken within the previous 72 hours, wear masks and undergo temperature screening.

Starbucks, a global coffee company with nearly 900 locations in Shanghai, said indoor dining services would resume at its roughly 800 locations on Wednesday.

Leo Tsoi, CEO of Starbucks China, reportedly said in the company’s statement that this is a small gesture from Starbucks to help consumers in Shanghai return to their pre-outbreak routines and lifestyles and to restore the city’s renowned buzz and vitality. .

Since the end of March, Starbucks has ceased operations in Shanghai in order to prevent and manage epidemics. The coffee company began take-out operations in downtown neighborhoods as the city gradually began to reopen its business establishments in mid-May.

Its stores will continue to strictly implement epidemic prevention and control measures, including limiting the flow of visitors and carrying out regular disinfection.

Shanghai reported no local COVID-19 infections on Monday and Tuesday, the municipal health commission said.
(with contributions from IANS)

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