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Street merchants gradually return

SHANGHAI had seen more than 91,000 street merchant shops resume business by Tuesday, accounting for 37.2 percent of the financial hub’s total, authorities said yesterday.

Shanghai has more than 245,000 street merchant shops, said Xu Zhihu, head of the local urban management and law enforcement bureau.

To prevent coronavirus infection, the city has taken a variety of strict measures in public areas, Xu said.

About 12,000 of Shanghai’s small, streetside businesses, or about 14 percent of those that have resumed operation, have been ordered to improve their coronavirus prevention measures, Xu said.

“Business operators returning to Shanghai must register their health information, and those from key infection areas must undergo 14-day quarantine at home,” Xu told a press conference yesterday.

“Business operators must wear masks and check their temperatures daily, and they are also required to ensure a sanitary environment at their business venues and conduct disinfection daily,” Xu added.

Urban management and law enforcement officials across the city have stepped up daily patrols and inspections on street-level businesses, and over 12,000 were found to have failed to take appropriate measures. “For businesses that have not reopened, inspectors have ordered them to do so only when they have implemented health information registration or home quarantine,” said Xu.

A total of 681,087 streetside businesses, office buildings, construction sites, wet markets, agricultural produce markets, residential complexes and streets across the city have been inspected by urban management and law enforcement officials since the outbreak.

“All-around screening is conducted to eliminate pneumonia infection risks,” said Xu.

Platforms sharing the information of businesses and staff have been set up, allowing different government authorities to follow the opening information, health status and prevention measures of street-side businesses, Xu said.

A total of 140 cases involving illegal street vendors have been busted by the city’s urban management and law enforcement authorities since the outbreak. Eleven were about sales of substandard and fake facial masks, according to the bureau.

In total, 8,748 substandard and fake facial masks were seized by authorities.

The remaining cases involved illegal live poultry sales and raising, the bureau said.




 

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