In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Beijing has done away with the guideline that residents should wear masks while on outdoors. Thereby becoming the first city in China and perhaps in the world to do so . According to a news agency the move is seen as way to signal that the dreaded virus is under control in the Chinese capital.
After months of wearing masks to prevent virus infection risks, people can now breathe freely outside without a mask in Beijing, state-run China Daily reported, citing the new guidelines announced by the Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on Sunday.
The centre said people don’t need to wear masks outside, but still should avoid close contact with others.
It also encourages the public to take some outdoor exercise when the weather is good, which is helpful to increase the quality of life and health, the report said.
The announcement comes ahead of China’s Parliament — the National People’s Congress (NPC) — all set to hold its postponed annual session on May 22 amid a steady decline in the coronavirus cases in the country.
The annual session of the national advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is also expected to be held in Beijing on May 21.