Beijing’s Chaoyang District closes entertainment venues again after cluster cases detected in bars

Beijing’s Chaoyang District orders all entertainment venues, fitness halls and training establishments in basements to suspend operations from June 9 afternoon, after nucleic acid samples in districts from Changping and Chaoyang have tested positive. Photo: CGV

Beijing’s Chaoyang District, originally the epicenter of the latest Omicron outbreak in the capital, has ordered all entertainment and fitness venues and training establishments in basements to suspend their operations from Thursday afternoon, after nucleic acid samples in Changping and Chaoyang districts were tested. positive on Thursday, with cases of cluster infections in bars.

Entertainment venues including KTV and Internet cafes in Chaoyang District had to be temporarily closed from 2 p.m., the Chaoyang Culture and Tourism Bureau said Thursday.

All training institutions located in basements or poorly ventilated spaces in Chaoyang District have also been asked to close.

Beijing party leader Cai Qi, who led the city’s anti-epidemic group, said the city had detected cluster infections involving bars.

Cai stressed that the city will carry out epidemic prevention inspections at bars, KTV venues, Internet cafes and other places, and suspend the operation of places where prevention and control measures are not fully implemented and where hermetic ventilation is not good.

Bars implicated in the outbreak include Paradise Supermarket bar, One Third club, Fresh Club and PH club, all of which are concentrated in the bustling and bustling Workers’ Stadium area, according to the Disease Control and Prevention Center. Chaoyang District diseases on Thursday.

A Global Times reporter visited the Sanlitun mall and found that bars and entertainment venues and the involved Paradise Supermarket bar were closed.

Responding to some netizens’ concern about whether this was a sign of a recurring outbreak in Beijing, Wang Guangfa, a Beijing-based respiratory expert, told the Global Times that citizens should be prepared. the possibility of sporadic outbreaks becoming a regular occurrence.

“What we should insist on is reducing control areas without reducing prevention measures, conducting timely screening in affected areas, and quickly returning to normal life,” Wang said.

At the press conference on COVID-19 prevention and control in Beijing on Thursday, Yang Beibei, a government official from Chaoyang district, said the district will carry out regional nucleic acid testing in Sanlitun in the downtown Beijing, and surrounding areas, including Chaowai, Zuojiazhuang, Hujialou, Tuanjiehu, Maizidian and other key areas.

A resident of Chaoyang district told the Global Times that the sports center in her community has already been closed and reserved sports activities have been canceled by the center.

As Beijing holds the national college entrance exams or gaokao on Wednesday, Cai said candidates from relevant districts will be provided with services to ensure their participation is safe and smooth.

Whether these new positive cases will turn into a new wave largely depends on the source of the outbreak, Wang said.

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