Shanghai Book City reopens with precautions in place

Ke Jiayun
Shanghai Book City, a landmark on Fuzhou Road, has resumed business. 
Ke Jiayun
Shanghai Book City reopens with precautions in place
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Shanghai Book City on Fuzhou Road has resumed business.

Shanghai Book City, the largest bookstore on Fuzhou Road, has resumed business with all customers asked to wear mask, have a temperature check, wash their hands and show a QR code which proves they are healthy.

Customers should also keep one meter from one another.

On Sunday afternoon, the bookstore, which is usually crowded, seemed a bit empty with only a few customers on each floor.

Outside, a bulletin board has information on conditions for entry and several people were seen using their cellphones to get the QR code.

On the ground floor, there is a shelf devoted to books on epidemic prevention and control, including some on mental health.

About one month ago, all outlets of Xinhua Bookstore and Shanghai Book City in Shanghai closed. On February 12, the Shanghai Book City's Changning branch became the first to resume its services.

To ensure primary and middle school students could get their textbooks, four textbook sellers — Shanghai Book City's Anshan branch, Xinhua Bookstore's two outlets on Guangdong Road and one on Chongming's Bayi Road — reopened on February 19. Now, more than 40 local Xinhua Bookstores have opened.

Currently, more than 2,000 physical bookstores in Shanghai are open. The Shanghai Books and Periodicals Distribution Association issued a guideline for the bookstores resuming business.

Bookshops like Sinan Books and Duoyun Bookstore take necessary steps like having the customers make appointments to get into the store.

Shanghai Book City reopens with precautions in place
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

People read the posters outside and use their cellphones to scan QR codes.

Shanghai Book City reopens with precautions in place
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The security guard takes a customer's temperature before entry.

Shanghai Book City reopens with precautions in place
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A shelf on the ground floor has books related to epidemic prevention and control.

Shanghai Book City reopens with precautions in place
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The bookstore seems a bit empty.

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