Beijing resumes group tours, flights as it fine-tunes COVID response

People take pictures at the Summer Palace in Beijing, China, December 8, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

Group tours in and out of Beijing and flight and hotel businesses of travel agencies and online companies have resumed since Tuesday as the city eases COVID-19 curbs.

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism said in a notice that the body temperatures of tourists, tour guides and drivers must be checked before the trip, and tour guides must be vaccinated and have their health code checked before work.

The bureau said that those with abnormal temperatures are not allowed to join the trip, and tourists should wear masks at all times while riding in a tour coach or other means of transportation.

Two major airports in the city, the Beijing Capital International Airport and the Beijing Daxing International Airport, are expected to see the daily number of flights return to 70 percent of the 2019 level soon, data from the north China branch of the country's civil aviation regulator showed on Monday.