Both Beijing and Shanghai have shown signs of easing lockdown. 

Starting from Sunday, May 29, Beijing allowed public parks, gyms and cinemas without any new cases of Covid in 7 straight days to reopen, but only at 50% capacity. 

Fangshan and Shunyi districts have lifted the work-from-home order. 

Public transportation basically resumed in most parts of the city. Some shops reopened, but the restaurant remains closed across the city, except for takeout and delivery.

In Shanghai, the government has changed to regular mass coronavirus testing, along with other Chinese cities.

Shanghai said on Sunday that it would ease a number of controls before companies can get back to work from June 1. The city would also relax the testing requirements for residents to go to the public venues or take public transport. The residents would only need to show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours, versus 48 hours like before. 

Pudong New Area, which locates Shanghai’s largest airport and major financial district, fully resumes bus services on Monday. Plaza 66, a commercial and office complex second only to Pudong, also reopened on Sunday.

In Shanghai, people can only go out with special exit permits for a limited time, even as the number of new cases is low. Private cars need to ask for approval before travel. 

China had 293 new Covid cases on Saturday, of which 78 were from people who arrived from overseas. Shanghai had the most non-imported cases, with 122, while Beijing had 21. Both megacities have a population of more than 20 million people each.

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