Most Beijing pubs close as bar-linked COVID-19 cases continue to rise

A person walks past the closed Heaven Supermarket bar in Beijing on June 9. Photo: PFC

Most bars in Beijing were closed again on Sunday after two days of operation, as the capital again tightened anti-epidemic measures amid rising COVID-19 cases linked to a cluster of bars, which has spread to other areas of the city.

A staff member at 13CLUB, a nightclub in Beijing’s Chaoyang district, told the Global Times on Sunday that all bars in the district were closed to the public from Thursday, in line with local authorities’ anti-epidemic requirements. .

Another bar named MODU confirmed to the Global Times that all bars in Chaoyang district have been closed, after local authorities announced on Thursday that the city would suspend operations at all entertainment venues, amid outbreaks of COVID- 19 bite.

“A large number of bars in Haidian district have also suspended operations, and they will not reopen until they receive the notification from the government,” a SOUNDCHECK CLUB employee said on Sunday, noting that few places in the district are still open, with a stricter epidemic. preventative measures.

After contacting the pub, the Global Times learned that only one of its branches was still open, but with less traffic these days. “Negative nucleic acid test results obtained within 72 hours are required to enter venues, and customers must wear masks at all times while on venues,” the employee said.

Xu Hejian, spokesperson for the Beijing municipal government, said the severity of the Chaoyang bar cluster infections is deemed greater than the worst involving the Xinfadi wholesale market, warning of the risk of further fallout.

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, the city had reported a total of 166 infections related to the sea bass outbreak, covering 14 districts and the economic and technological development zone.

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