Shanghai on Monday evening announced a partial easing of some of its lockdown restrictions, including resuming public transport and allowing road traffic, after months during which most residents were confined to their homes.

The municipal government in China’s commercial capital also said that from Wednesday morning, those living in areas deemed low-risk should not be restricted “for any reason” from entering and leaving their housing compounds.

City authorities have previously recommended that residents be allowed out under certain conditions, only for more local authorities to keep residents confined to their homes.

A man has a haircut on a Shanghai street next to a locked-down neighbourhood
Shanghai has been under an intense lockdown that has at times inhibited residents’ access to food and medicine for months, and has seen only a faltering reopening © Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

The lockdown ground life in the city to a halt and has heavily dented China’s economic prospects, with Premier Li Keqiang warning that it and other lockdowns across the country risked the economy’s ability to post growth this quarter.

The city government also said that taxis and ride-hailing services could resume across the city, while private cars would be allowed to travel freely within and between low-risk areas. Public transport, including the bus and subway system, will also resume.

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