Day 47 (May 6, 2022) of the Shanghai lock down #Covid19

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Jared T Nelson

Data/Compliance lawyer in Mainland China. CEO of Pathway Compliance, a PRC ALSP. Views my own and not legal advice.

The key points are: 1) We must stay inside our apartment and not leave our front door, except for going downstairs for testing This was not a change for us, and it was a little strange to see it reiterated again

2) All deliveries are prohibited during the weekend (Friday midnight to Sunday midnight); nothing will be allowed in No food No water Nothing So we are encouraged to cancel all deliveries and ask for refunds because nothing that is delivered to the community gates will come in

There was a lot of pushback about this from everyone around and eventually some of the government people and property management people said that they “might” arrange for some group purchases but it would be difficult, and that’s when we found out why

(Not confirmed by me directly but from a neighbor, who also shared a photo that seems legitimate) It seems that barriers have been set up that are blocking the roads for several streets around us, so the delivery drivers can’t even make it to the gates of our apartment community

That reasoning seems clear – deliveries are halted because the roads are closed Of course, I’m not allowed to leave my front door, let alone our apartment community gates, in order to verify that

The result of the new announcement and the new street barricades is that we are locked down in Shanghai, not allowed to leave our apartment door (except for going downstairs to do Covid tests), and are also not allowed to get any deliveries of food, or drinking water, or anything

They sent the announcement on Friday morning to go into effect at midnight, and from my understanding this applies not just to our apartments but to many in the area Panic buying and hoarding started immediately, of course, and all same day deliveries were instantly fully booked

This was a shock for us because cases had been improving steadily recently Yesterday, there were only 23 new cases identified outside of the quarantine zones

Fortunately for many of us in the area, deliveries had been improving this week and we were able to restock some of our pantries I was even fortunate enough to get a delivery of some hot sauces and other key condiments today at 10 pm, just before the cutoff! Thanks @epermarket

Back to this morning, we went down for the testing because it seemed like another mandatory day where they really push you to do the testing (some days it feels more like a suggestion)

Their new method is to first do a home antigen test (four for us) and then, if negative, bring the plastic test pieces down with you to do the PCR test They check the antigen test downstairs and take it from you, which seems like a better system to avoid fraud or tampering

What I didn’t anticipate, when I put all 4 in my pocket, was that our fresh antigen tests still had some of the liquid left in the little dropper area Which of course leaked through my pocket to the front of my shorts by the time we were downstairs, not a particularly good look

I’ve heard from friends in other parts of the city that their areas are actually opening up, although most businesses and stores are still closed there It’s always important to note that Shanghai is a big city and the circumstances vary significantly from one place to another

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