China: Few shoppers as Wuhan mall reopens with health checks

W/S Wanda shopping mall, Wuhan
W/S Queue outside Wanda shopping mall
SOT, Charlie Parker, British resident of Wuhan: "Behind me is the shopping mall. There's a queue outside with markers on the ground to keep people standing a metre apart. Then you scan your health code to get you through the first door, and then once you pass through that, you have to have your temperature checked by someone else at a table inside the building and they also have hand sanitiser on the table for you to use, and then you're free to walk around through the shopping mall by yourself."
M/S Health checks at Wanda shopping mall entrance
W/S Shopping mall
W/S Shopping mall
W/S Shopping mall
W/S Shopping mall
M/S Health information robot
W/S Shopping mall
SOT, Charlie Parker, British resident of Wuhan: "A lot of the stores and restaurants are open but you have to queue to get in and then display your health code. Seems like most people here are just curious to have a look around to see what's going on. There's a lot of information about safety and also, the robotic healthcare things."
W/S Shopping mall
W/S Shopping mall
W/S Shopping mall
W/S Shopping mall
W/S Han Street
W/S Han Street
SOT, Charlie Parker, British resident of Wuhan: "So right now I'm out on Han Street, which is connected to the Wanda shopping mall. There's quite a lot more people around here, shopping, than inside the mall. I guess because it's open air. You still have to scan your health code to be allowed access ot this area as well."
W/S Han Street
SOT, Charlie Parker, British resident of Wuhan: "Behind me, there's about a million people queuing for snacks. Seems like a pretty easy way to catch the virus if it comes back so I'm not going near there."
W/S Shoppers queuing for snacks
SOT, Charlie Parker, British resident of Wuhan: "So the main reason I came down here is because I'd heard that they were not allowing foreigners access to restaurants and shops, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I was allowed into the shopping mall and onto the shopping street with no problem, so I don't think that rumour is true."
W/S Han Street
SCRIPT
Wuhan's Wanda shopping mall reopened on Wednesday, after a two-month lockdown, as few curious shoppers queued through the health checks to access the shops.
Footage shows Charlie Parker, a British resident of Wuhan, walking through the nearly empty mall and its adjacent Han street.
"The main reason I came down here is because I'd heard that they were not allowing foreigners access to restaurants and shops, but that doesn't seem to be the case," said Parker. "I was allowed into the shopping mall and onto the shopping street with no problem, so I don't think that rumour is true."
Once the epicentre of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Wuhan has been slowing coming back to life in recent days as much of the rest of the world has been shut down to stem the tide of the deadly virus.

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