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Disinfection of public areas in city stepped up

Some public areas in Shanghai have strengthened measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public toilets have stepped up disinfection measures, while parks now require visitors seeking entry to show both their travel history for the past 14 days and health QR code.

A public toilet on Wusheng Road in downtown Huangpu District, which receives more than 3,000 visitors daily, has implemented cleaning and disinfection after each use instead of cleaning only. Everyone should have his temperature checked before entry.

“The disinfecting process follows the path taken by visitors and each small corner cannot be missed,” said Chen Bing, one of the toilet cleaners.

“It covers ground, flush button, door, faucet, wash basin and other areas,” he added.

Disinfection has also been beefed up at the People’s Square area and the Bund.

“At least two thorough disinfections are conducted daily in these areas,” said Zhang Lei, head of the sanitation team.

The area to be cleaned in People’s Square and Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street amounts to more than 70,000 square meters and it is 130,000 square meters on the riverfront areas of the Bund.

“The ground areas, benches, handrails, flower bed areas and dustbins are all covered with disinfectant,” said Zhang.

“Because of the huge traffic in People’s Square, we need to hurry up every minute,” said Dai Sheng, a sanitation worker.

“The disinfection is conducted early morning and at noon when there are relatively fewer people,” he revealed.

“More refined cleaning is done on benches and handrails with a disinfectant soaked rag, and even the small gaps must be carefully wiped,” said Dai.

The disinfection frequency of Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street has been raised to four times daily since late July.

“I see the sanitation workers going really hard, busy cleaning and disinfecting, and this reassures people during such a tense period,” said Li Ting, a shopper on the street.

Parks now require visitors to show their travel history tracking code in addition to health QR code and have enhanced disinfection levels.

At Shanghai Botanical Garden in Xuhui District, QR codes for scanning have been pasted at ticketing machines and entrances of greenhouses to accelerate visitor checking procedures and prevent gathering.

Security guards have increased patrols to remind visitors to keep their distance and keep wearing their masks.

The garden has called a halt to a recent camping event.

Meanwhile, Shanghai’s senior homes have stopped all unnecessary visits, including by families of elderly residents, to curb the spread of COVID-19.

People who need to visit for specific reasons are required to provide a negative nucleic acid test report made within two days and to follow a designated route while moving inside the homes, Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said.

Staff of senior homes are required to cut the number of visits they make outside and to stay in designated accommodation and dining areas if possible.

Community-based senior service facilities, such as the comprehensive senior service centers, daycare centers and activity centers, across the city have been ordered to check the temperature of all visitors, who should show both their travel history for the past 14 days and health QR code for entry.


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