Dine-in services restricted, more public venues closed

Tianhe district of Guangzhou announced today that it is requiring restaurants to restrict dine-in services, with the number of diners at each table capped at 10, in an effort to control the COVID-19 spread in the city.

Eateries in Tianhe now can only receive customers at a capacity of 50% of its tables, which should be set at a distance of at least one meter. Restaurants are required to disinfect the tables and chairs, and wait at least 10 minutes before receiving new customers.


A bulletin board that reads "Dine-in services suspended. Takeout orders only." is seen outside a restaurant in Panyu district of Guangzhou, June 8, 2021. [Photo/Guangzhou Daily]

Catering sectors in Huangpu and Baiyun districts also halted dine-in servicesstarting late Tuesday (June 8), following those in Liwan, Yuexiu, Haizhu, Nansha and Panyu districts.

Guangzhou's culture and tourism bureau issued a notice on June 7 requiring the city to close all indoor entertainment venues, including cinemas, theaters, karaoke and Internet cafes, and indoor recreation facilities in tourist attractions.Public cultural venues, such as libraries, museums and art galleries, and the outdoor areas of scenic spots can receive visitors at 50% capacity.

However, all cultural and tourist venues in medium- and high-risk areas for COVID-19 transmission and in closed-off places in the city are required to temporarily suspend operation, according to the notice.

The bureau asked travel agencies not to organize tours to destinations outside of Guangzhou and the Guangdong province, and encouraged the cultural and tourism sector to stage online shows and exhibitions as well as explore cloud tourism.

Guangzhou reported seven new confirmed local COVID-19 cases on June 8, one of which was previously identified as an asymptomatic carrier. Four of the cases were reported in the Baihedong sub-district(白鹤洞街道)and one in theDongsha sub-district(东沙街道)of Liwan, while the other two were found in theZhujiang Street(珠江街)of Nansha.

Places visited by the seven patients

Nansha district:

1. Tongzhen Kindergarten童真幼儿园

2. Dingtai Fish Noodles, Zhujiang Donglu


3. Jane of Castle Coffee, Zhujiang Yilu


4. 1986 Fruit Tea, Zhujiang Erlu 


5. Wenji Roasted Goose, Zhujiangxi Yilu


6. Shaxian eatery, Zhujiang Erlu


7. Xinghuan tobacco and liquor store, Jia'an Garden


8. Fuyuan eatery, Jia'an Garden


Liwan district:

1. Kaixin Renjia eatery, Xiangning Street, Hainan Village 海南村香凝街开心人家

2. Xinjue Park 新爵公园

Guangzhou's health commission unveiled yesterday (June 8) a list of 144 public venues in the city, which previous confirmed cases and asymptomatic carriers once visited. Please check the article below.

144 public venues visited by previous cases unveiled

On-site COVID-19 testing available at Baiyun airport


Passengers wait in line to go through checks of green health codes and negative COVID-19 test results at the Baiyun International Airport. [Photo/Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport]

Guangzhou's Baiyun International Airport starts to provide on-site nucleic acid tests for passengers on June 9 to facilitate travels.

The testing site is located on the top floor of P3 car park at Terminal 1(一号航站楼12号门对面P3停车楼顶楼)and offers paid testing service around the clock. The price for the nucleic acid test is 65 yuan per person and the result would come out in four to eight hours.

The airport has required people entering its terminals, which include departing passengers, pickup and see-off persons, to present a green health code and a negative COVID-19 test result issued within 48 hours starting June 8.

Editor & author: Pauline Tai