After some easing in recent days, the Chinese capital — which reported 19 new infections Sunday — announced residents would start returning to work from Monday and schools would reopen from June 13.
That strategy has meant restrictions on movement in major cities including Shanghai and Beijing, a metropolis of 22 million people where a resurgence of Covid-19 in April led to just under 2,000 infections.
From Monday, restaurants will be able to welcome customers again — if they have tested negative in the previous three days — and public transport will operate normally, the city’s government said in a statement.
Two districts in the capital will maintain restrictions.
In Shanghai, most of the city’s 25 million residents have been able to move freely since Wednesday.
But hundreds of thousands still face restrictions after being designated close contacts of infected people.