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Retailers, restaurants and grocery stores resume take-out services

Hundreds of retailers, restaurants and grocery stores have resumed operations through take-out and on-demand delivery sites in Shanghai.

Meituan said the number of takeout orders has steadily increased at quick service and hotpot restaurants over the past week.

More than 700 local canteens and drink vendors are open for takeout orders from Friday, although some still have limited menu items.

Two of the city’s five Tong Fat Tou restaurants have been able to take takeout orders since late April, in line with different business requirements from district-level authorities.

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Meituan staff collect takeout orders from a restaurant in Huangpu District.

Sherry Yuan, who lives in Yangpu District, was looking forward to a takeout meal at a nearby Cantonese restaurant. She placed an order for lunch for four first thing Saturday morning as soon as the delivery service became available.

Alibaba’s lifestyle services unit Ele.me said more than 450 Family Mart convenience stores across the city were already open for takeout orders.

Retailers, restaurants and grocery stores resume take-out services

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An Ele.me staff picks up the take-out meals.

Steamed bums, fried chicken and Chinese dishes have been popular items on Ele.me, while more than 100 hotpot stores such as Haidilao are also available. Some have had to temporarily suspend delivery orders due to lack of delivery staff.

Eight Metro supermarkets in the city have also resumed operations and are taking delivery orders for food and daily necessities from the official app and WeChat mini program.

After completing pandemic prevention measures as requested by market authorities, the retailer expanded the delivery range from 5 km to 10 km from the nearest store.