When China announced the so-called 20 measures to optimize COVID control, people thought the zero-COVID policy was easing, and lockdowns could come to an end. 

But in the past few days, residents of different places report that the authorities still stick to the tight measures. They have just changed the strategies or how they communicate them, but no fundamental changes were implemented.

Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province. 

According to online screenshots, some in Wuhou District, Chengdu city, have complained to the local government’s official website. They claim that the Chengdu authorities casually changed the “secondary contact” under quarantine to “primary contact.” 

People from Chengdu also said they got tested in their workplace daily. After Beijing announced the new policy, not only did the control not relax, but they were also given a yellow code.

Netizens in Chengdu say that Sichuan still has not taken steps to “cancel sub-intimate contacts.” As such, parents of students who aren’t even in “sub-intimate contacts” still have to “isolate and wait for further notifications.”

At the same time, some medium-risk areas in Shandong were directly changed to high-risk areas and continued to be managed in a closed way. Shandong is an eastern Chinese province on the Yellow Sea.

Guangzhou is a sprawling port city northwest of Hong Kong on the Pearl River. It is usually regarded as China’s “Silicon Valley.”

A few days ago, Guangzhou allowed the “second close contacts” to leave the centralized quarantine. The authority promoted it as “a model for implementing new policies.” However, according to Chinese netizens, the government in Haizhu District, Guangzhou, has told 50 schools to fill in the spots of the people let out of quarantine. 

There are also screenshots showing Chinese netizens posting Beijing’s “Twenty Rules” in community groups. These people wanted to apply pressure to urge their communities to ease the COVID measures accordingly, but administrators kicked them out of the groups.

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