Beijing's major municipal parks limit visitor numbers to less than 30% of total capacity

Beijing's 11 municipal parks and the Museum of Chinese Gardens and Landscape Architecture have limited visitor numbers to no more than 30 percent of total capacity, and their indoor exhibitions halls have also been temporarily closed, the Beijing Municipal Administration Center of Parks said Wednesday.

The decision was made after Beijing upgraded its emergency response to COVID-19 from Level III to Level II, the second-highest of the four-tier system, as the city is battling to contain the resurgence of domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases.

The parks and the museums will continue to require online reservations for tours to ensure the safety of visitors.

At present, 24 scenic spots distributed in the 9 municipal parks have been temporarily closed, including Wenchang Gallery in the Summer Palace, and Jingxinzhai of Beihai Park.

Local officials suggested that visitors must undergo temperature screening, show health codes upon arrival, and wear masks during their visits.

As of June 17, Beijing has reported 158 domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases and 111 asymptomatic patients are under medical observation, according to the municipal health commission.

(Cover: The Summer Palace in Beijing. /VCG)