As some residents of Shanghai are freed from the lockdown measures, supermarkets are starting to re-open. More than 15 million Shanghai residents, over half the population, are now in “prevention zones,” residential areas that have not had confirmed Covid-19 cases for two weeks, the Health Authority said at the news conference held yesterday. The city reported 5,514 new cases on Monday, down from a peak of over 27,000 on April 10. In principle, residents of these zones are allowed to go out at certain hours for activities including shopping at nearby supermarkets.
Chinese media outlet Yicai reported that the French hypermarket Carrefour has re-opened nine stores in six districts. By May 8, the company plans to re-open 80% of its stores. Monday morning, customers were queuing at the entrance of a Carrefour. Carrefour is running limited hours and restricting stores to 50 customers at a time, in 30-minute windows.
According to some media, besides Carrefour and Freshippo, large retailers such as Walmart, Metro, RT-Mart, and Sam’s Club, are also gradually resuming their business in Shanghai.
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