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There is a light at the end of the tunnel, it may be difficult to believe but we have the proof. As the number of Covid-19 cases in China decreases, Friday 20th March was the second consecutive day with no new locally transmitted cases, the country is gradually starting to reopen many of their tourist attractions. The country’s government is further encouraging spending by providing citizens with vouchers to spend on local travel, restaurants, shopping, and sporting events.
With just 39 new cases nationally, all of which were imported from overseas, the Chinese government has decided to take the next step in getting the tourism industry back on track. In the last week, they have reopened 3,718 sights across 28 provinces. Although these are mostly open-air attractions, they have also decided to open the doors to 180 of the country’s museums in less-affected areas. Shanghai has reopened sights like the Haichang Ocean Park, Zhujiajiao Watertown, and the scenic areas of Jinze Ancient Town. The tourist city of Dunhuang in Northwest China’s Gansu province has also reopened its major tourist attractions, with the lake, desert, and geopark now accessible to the public.
It’s not business as usual. Almost all sights have decided to not run at full capacity, they are only accepting cashless payments, some are taking visitors’ temperatures upon entry, and most have stated no group tours. But it’s a start. As the first country to experience the crisis, we are looking towards China for guidance and an approximate timeline of how long this will last.
This is an important (and much-needed) reminder that this crisis won’t last forever, and it perhaps won’t even last as long as we first thought.
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