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Shanghai Takes Biggest Steps Toward Reopening in Two Months

  • Taxis, subway to return, people can leave compounds freely
  • Major step forward in easing though dining-in still banned
Workers remove barriers previously surrounding a neighborhood under lockdown in Shanghai, on May 30.

Workers remove barriers previously surrounding a neighborhood under lockdown in Shanghai, on May 30.

Source: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

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Shanghai will let people in areas deemed low risk for Covid-19 move around the city freely and resume road and public transportation from Wednesday, in a major step forward in its efforts to dismantle a bruising two-month lockdown. 

Taxi and ride hailing services, as well as private cars, will be allowed onto roads in low-risk areas, while bus, subway and ferry services will also resume, the municipal government said in a statement on Monday. Millions of people will also be able to leave their housing compounds and neighborhoods freely -- without the limited time passes or activity restrictions previously in place -- although restaurant dining-in is still banned.