Beijing Tightens Vaccine Requirements amid Rising Covid-19 Cases in Major Cities

The capital city of China on Wednesday announced a new measure by requiring most people to be vaccinated before being able to enter public places.

Starting Monday, vaccination in most of the people in Beijing are required before being allowed to enter in-person training centers, sports centers, entertainment venues and other social gathering spots.

The measure came after a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Beijing, Shanghai and other cities this week.

Beijing imposed temporary restrictions on the city of Xi’an yesterday, forcing businesses to be shut down as the number of new Covid-19 cases spiked. The city government announced that all bars, clubs, and other public entertainment venues, including internet cafes and karaoke bars, will close at midnight on Wednesday.

According to Ting Lu, chief China economist at Nomura, restrictions on local movement had been implemented in eleven Chinese cities as of Monday, up from five the previous week.


China recorded rising Covid-19 cases since the beginning of July from a merely average of 100 in late June to 300 as of July 5. Currently, China has 89.3% of its population fully vaccinated.