What’s Shanghai like right now as China finally drops its “Zero COVID” policy?
- Within 24 hours of a second release of local policy pivot announcements, I awakened to realize our school had gone online. Turns out, due to a 4th grader with COVID (also, after a government meeting with school officials, we’ll be back on campus on Monday).
- 3 of the 4 subway stations I visited today seemed to not require showing health code. My home station was the exception.
Those blue QR code signs are still present by security guards in subway stations.
- The mall visited today did not require showing nor scanning health code.
- But the mall next to my neighborhood still requires showing health code; although not scanning and the little temperature check machine was turned off night before last.
- Disneyland today still had a hefty number of folks after reopening on the 8th. But in normal times, there would definitely have been more people there on a Saturday.
- There is a palpable sense of uncertainty about what comes next, especially as over 99% of Chinese have remained uninfected.
There is also an increasing sense of elation bordering on exuberance for those of us awaiting travel abroad—and a very hopeful return to NO hotel quarantine! (but still hoping for this news to come)