Beijing ramps up COVID-19 restrictions, banning dine-in restaurants

Restaurants in Beijing have been ordered to close dine-in services as the Chinese capital grapples with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Authorities said dining in restaurants has become an infection risk, citing virus transmissions between diners and staff.

Restaurants have been ordered to only provide take away services from Sunday to Wednesday, during China’s Labour Day holidays.

Beijing began mass testing millions of residents earlier this week as it scrambled to stamp out a growing COVID-19 outbreak.

Authorities in Beijing reported 67 new infections on Saturday, taking the city’s total to nearly 300 since April 22.

Parks, scenic areas and entertainment venues have been ordered to operate at half capacity during the holiday period. Schools have also been ordered to close.

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