Shanghai plans to restart offline business, services

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Shanghai plans to restart offline business, services

Shanghai planned to restart business and services activities in phases from Monday, with shopping centers, supermarkets, pharmacies, wet markets, catering and hairdressing services to resume offline operation in an orderly manner, according to city officials on Sunday, while vowing to stabilize the development expectation of foreign companies in Shanghai. The number of commercial outlets in the city has gone up to 10,625 from the lowest number of 1,400, with the daily number of delivery orders reaching 5 million, according to a press briefing on Sunday by the deputy mayor of Shanghai. According to Chen, shopping malls, department stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, and pharmacies will resume offline operation gradually according to plan. There are special passages that will be designated for businesses to limit the flow of personnel. Consumers can order products and services online, and the products could be delivered to their doors, or they can buy the commodities and services at the stores. In order to control traffic, wholesale food markets are allowed to carry out contactless transactions. The opening rates of vendors and customer flows will be curtailed in an orderly manner and the wet markets will resume offline business in an orderly manner. Catering and hairdressing services will resume step by step, with catering and hairdressing services ordered online and delivered in take-outs while hairdressing services will be implemented in planned shifts to limit consumer flows. We believe that the resumption of businesses will accelerate in pace with the city's epidemic situation being put under further control, and our city residents will enjoy more and better commercial services with more business outlets to be opened, Chen said. Chen noted that the epidemic prevention and control in Shanghai remains at a critical stage, changing from emergency response to regular prevention and control now. In addition, Shanghai plans to respond to foreign enterprises concerns and win their understanding and support to stabilize their development expectation in Shanghai, said Gu Jun, director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, at the same press conference. The Shanghai municipal commission of commerce has established a regular dialogue mechanism with consulates in Shanghai and foreign commerce associations to strengthen policy interpretation and information communication. The commission of commerce has been working on business resumption guidance for key foreign trade companies, and has released two batches of white lists for 704 leading foreign trade companies, which cover retail, services, foreign company headquarters and port services. More than 63 percent of the first batch of 142 white list companies have resumed operation and the second batch of 562 companies are making preparations for restarting operation. The third batch of 820 white-listed companies will be released soon, Gu said. The commerce commission also adopted supplementary measures including issuing electrical pass for workers to return to their positions and improving the management of vehicles to secure the demand for transportation needed for businesses resumption.