As China experiences a sharp drop in coronavirus cases, its consumers begin to cautiously return to malls and restaurants. The once strict quarantine has been softened and restaurants are allowed to reopen if the satisfy the authorities with their plans for curbing the risk of infection. While large groups are still prohibited by many of the stores owned by bigger brands, Chen Jiayi, a 21-year-old college student in Shanghai, says things are returning to normal, “There were quite a lot of people in the city center, it was a completely different picture from the end of February. There were even queues at the bubble tea and biscuit shops,” she said.
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