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China revises Covid guidelines for entertainment venues

The specific measures are mostly in line with China's latest easing of Covid rules, but could be a bright spot for entertainment and tourism firms that have been hammered by a near three-year strict zero-Covid policy.

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A worker in a protective suit guides people to take a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 at a testing booth near an office building in Central Business District in Chaoyang district, Beijing, China on Nov 15. Photo: Reuters
A worker in a protective suit guides people to take a nucleic acid test for Covid-19 at a testing booth near an office building in Central Business District in Chaoyang district, Beijing, China on Nov 15. Photo: Reuters

China made a further incremental relaxation of rules to combat the spread of Covid-19 on Friday, removing limits on numbers of people allowed at theatres and events such as concerts and music festivals in low-risk areas without outbreaks.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued the revised guidelines to travel agencies, entertainment and performance venues. A government statement said local administrators should improve the accuracy of their prevention and control measures and should not shut down entertainment venues down at will.

The specific measures are mostly in line with China's latest easing of Covid rules, but could be a bright spot for entertainment and tourism firms that have been hammered by a near three-year strict zero-Covid policy.

Places such as KTVs, internet cafes and offline board game venues are allowed to operate under normalised Covid prevention rules in low risk regions, which means as long as they apply certain Covid prevention rules, they can open their business as usual, according to the government.

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