​Over 1M service workers in Beijing receive COVID-19 tests

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A total of 1.18 million service personnel from wet markets, restaurants, supermarkets, stores, hair and beauty salons as well as couriers and food delivery staff in Beijing have received nucleic acid tests for COVID-19, local authorities said at the city's regular press conference on June 29.

Since June 15, a total of 157,000 business entities, including 319 wet markets; 82,000 restaurants and canteens; 59,000 shopping malls, supermarkets, convenience stores and grocery stores; and 16,000 hair and beauty salons have been inspected, according to Chen Yankai, deputy head of the municipal administration for market regulation.

Among those still open to the public, 106,000 entities have been ordered to carry out daily disinfection of their premises in accordance with the requirements laid out in government guidelines, Chen added.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, and especially after the latest rebound, Beijing has implemented strict sterilization processes to ensure safe trading environments. In order to rectify the epidemic prevention problems discovered during the recent inspections, the city has also established a joint law enforcement mechanism, integrating efforts from departments such as market supervision, urban management law enforcement, and commerce.

In addition, a dual responsible-person mechanism was devised, under which the owners of the market are the first person responsible for implementing specific epidemic prevention work, and the local government serves as the second person responsible for supervision and inspection of the related work.

Beijing's market supervision departments pledged to continue their efforts to maintain market supply and stabilize prices.

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