Beijing parks and sights reopen indoor exhibits

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A child visits the exhibition hall of the Palace of Compassion and Tranquility at the Palace Museum in Beijing on Tuesday. The museum, also known as the Forbidden City, reopened some indoor exhibition halls after the capital downgraded its COVID-19 emergency response from Level II to III on Monday JIANG DONG/CHINA DAILY

As Beijing downgraded its COVID-19 emergency response from Level II to Level III, a number of parks and tourist sites have reopened their indoor exhibition halls to visitors, according to a report from chinanews.com.

The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, reopened its exhibition halls such as the Galerie des Horloges and the Galerie du Trésor, starting Tuesday. According to the museum’s website, a maximum of 12,000 visitors are allowed each day and reservations must be made in advance.

Besides the Palace Museum, some other famous tourist attractions including Beijing Zoo, Summer Palace and Jingshan Park have also reopened their indoor exhibition spaces.

The limit on the number of tourists has been raised from 30% of capacity to 50% in these tourist sites.

In the meantime, measures have been put in place to prevent the epidemic.

Before entering indoor spaces, visitors must have their temperature checked and display “green” QR codes on their mobile phones – which serve as proof of good health.

After entering indoor areas, tourists should wear a mask and keep a distance of at least 1 meter from each other. Tourists are also required to wear a mask in crowded and closed places.

Despite the reopening of tourist sites, city government officials warned it was too early to relax vigilance.

“There are still many unknowns surrounding the COVID-19 virus and the sources of infection are difficult to detect, which means that we are still facing a grim situation in epidemic prevention and control, and the virus will coexist. with humans for quite a long time,” he added. said Chen Bei, deputy secretary general of the city government, at a press conference on July 19.

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