Shanghai will gradually resume indoor dinning as the Chinese city continues its recovery from its latest COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent strict control measures, which were lifted on June 1.
The local commerce authority made the announcement on Sunday during a regular press conference on COVID-19 control, saying that indoor dinning can be resumed starting June 29. It added that the resumption must be conducted in an ordered manner.
The specific areas for the resumption will be determined by the district authorities after comprehensive assessment, said Lai Xiaoyi, a local official.
The authority listed six requirements that restaurants must meet to reopen, including official evaluation, capacity limits, strict disinfection and digital entrance control, among others.
The decision to reopen was made based on experts' opinions, the current COVID-19 situation in the city and the experiences gathered from the recent mass testing in Jinshan, Fengxian and Chongming districts.