Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province, will remove the citywide closed management from today, the city’s headquarters for COVID-19 prevention and control said yesterday.

The city, a manufacturing hub and national commodity grain base, will resume normal life and production in an orderly manner, the headquarters said.

The city will be divided into closed management areas, restrictive control areas, and prevention areas. Today, the prevention areas will open first, according to the local COVID-19 prevention and control authorities.

Traffic within the city and to other cities in the province will resume in an orderly manner, with the exception of railway services. A total of 175 bus lines and 1,000 taxis will be in operation from today. Drivers are temporarily discouraged from using private vehicles to drive in or leave the city.

Agricultural products and daily necessity wholesale markets and supermarkets are expected to open, while shops, hairdressers, laundries, auto repair shops, maternal and child product stores and other service industries in the prevention areas will resume business with strict COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

Entertainment and leisure sites, indoor cultural establishments and tourist attractions will remain closed. Restaurants will only offer pick-up or takeaway orders.

Similar management measures will be taken in Jilin City today, where, too, life and production will return to normal in an orderly manner.

On Tuesday, the province reported 51 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, 46 of them in Changchun.

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