After 76 days of quarantine, with the coronavirus epidemic effectively controlled, Wuhan lifted outbound travel restrictions on April 8th. Wuhan’s bustling daily life, halted by the coronavirus outbreak since January 2020, has gradually and slowly restored from all walks of life.
｜Back to Beijing for work｜
On January 22, Ms. Dale, Operation Manager of IsCham, returned to Wuhan for the Spring Festival. The next day, Wuhan announced the "lockdown of the city", which lasted for more than two months. In early April, she saw on the news that Beijing government was hashing out-strategies for transportation through trains and buses to facilitate people back to work. So she filled in the information online and applied for a train ticket to Beijing. It took several days to wait for the approval. On April 8th, two days after Wuhan open, dale received a ticket purchase link; she paid and hurried to the station the next morning and got on the high-speed rail back to Beijing.
Each train had set a limit of 3,000 people, and passengers had to wear masks and their body temperature was recorded. There was no stop on the whole way, just driving directly to Beijing. The train attendants checked passengers’ temperature every two hours. Beijing also arranged special shuttle buses to bring workers back from other cities. Once the train arrived at Beijing Railway Station, Beijing staffs and volunteers guided passengers to get on the bus and drive directly to their neighborhood. After checking her body temperature and signing on a “14-day home quarantine” paper, dale finally got to her apartment.
｜Wuhan residents’ routine life｜
Since the travel restrictions were lifted on March 25th, Wuhan residents are getting back to their daily lives and have gradually resumed socialization. Public buses started to resume service; shops gradually reopened; residents do their morning exercise in the park; roads that had been previously deserted now breath with activity, with an uptick in vehicular traffic.
Residents with green QR code on their mobile phones -meaning they're healthy and safe to travel - have been allowed to go back to work as long as their employers issue them a letter. In residential communities where no new cases have been reported for 14 days, one person per household with a green QR code can leave the compounds two hours per day.
｜Food delivery business｜
Millions of residents were confined to their homes and residential communities -not even allowed to go outside for grocery shopping. The recovery of takeaways can be regarded as a proof of the resumption of production of small and micro enterprises represented by restaurants in Wuhan.
People can order their "first takeaway" food since long-time lockdown after March 25th. Compared to before the epidemic, the restaurant did not provide free tools for hygienic considerations. Over time, more and more takeaway riders can be seen on the streets, especially during lunch and dinner time each day. According to Meituan’s takeaway delivery app data, as of 12:00 noon on April 8, nearly 60% of catering businesses in Wuhan have resumed takeaway business.
As the outbreak swept the city, much of Wuhan was brought to a halt by strict epidemic control measures. For more than two months, public transport in Wuhan was suspended, and businesses were shut. However, the logistics industry is about to move, industrial upgrading and business recovery, turning the crisis into an opportunity.
Affected by the outbreak of the epidemic, the logistics industry prosperity index of China's logistics was 26.2% in February 2020, a decrease of 23.7 percentage points from the previous month. However, the impact of the epidemic on logistics operations in Wuhan is short-lived and controllable. In March, with the overall implementation of epidemic prevention measures, the situation of the new coronavirus epidemic in China has improved significantly. Enterprises have resumed work in an orderly manner. The prosperity index of China ’s logistics industry is 51.5%, which is rebounded by 25.3 percentage points last month.
Wuhan, a major industrial and manufacturing hub in China，has gradually begun the resumption of work and production from mid-March. The government is catalyzing all measures to bring businesses back to routine.
The provincial government has normalized quarantine requirements for workers and instructed officials to “aid company return to work”, such as offering bonuses and other incentives to encourage workers back to work and organizing workers to take a nucleic acid testing. Also, some of the biggest factories had made various work arrangements, including returning to work in batches, and the physical status of employees health conditions, etc.
At the press conference of the Hubei Provincial Government Information Office on April 1st, the official presented that as of the end of March, 42,130 enterprises had resumed work among 42,318 market businesses in the province. The rate of work resumption and production is 85.4% and 40.4% respectively.