Though there has been an overall decline of reported cases of COVID-19 infection in Beijing, it seems to be too soon for the capital's officials to take any chances yet. Over the recent weeks, numerous local venues have been ordered to impose stringent safety measures to keep all gatherings in public at bay, from restaurants barring group dining, to grocery stores advising customers to keep distance (at least one-metre) from each other. Now, the city’s parks have also followed suit.
Perhaps fearing that a drop in COVID-19 cases would prompt an influx of cabin-fevered visitors, two of Beijing's scenic sites, the Summer Palace and Chaoyang Park have announced respective measures to limit the number of visits per day, according to their official social media accounts.
In Summer Palace, drop-in visits are no longer accepted, as a reservation is required for entry and must be made at least one day in advance. To secure a spot, visitors must go to the site's WeChat account (ID yiheyuan_china), and then choose a time they wish to enter the next day – either morning or afternoon, according to Summer Palace's WeChat, though apparently only 5,000 tickets are up for grabs for each time window.
Over at Chaoyang Park, tickets sold per day has been limited to 20,000, according to its WeChat account. It's worth mentioning the entry limit came on the heels of other safety measures announced to keep crowds dispersed in other venues, such as grocery stores and movie theatres.
Photo: Jenny Lou/WeChat
Earlier this week, the Beijing Center for Diseases Prevention and Control has issued a list of guidelines addressing to the surge in the number of people at supermarkets, and various cinema chains which have suspended operation 'till further notice, according to local media. The health authority has advised grocery shoppers to maintain distance from others, as well as make shopping lists in advance and buy in-bulk to minimize the amount of time spent in-store, according to an official statement on Weibo.
Meanwhile, it’s also required local cinema operators to offer individually separate seatings for movie-goers when cinemas resume operation again, though not giving any specific dates to when it will occur.