People walk along Nanjing Pedestrian Road, a main shopping area in Shanghai in May 2021. Photo: Reuters
People walk along Nanjing Pedestrian Road, a main shopping area in Shanghai in May 2021. Photo: Reuters

Zero-Covid pivot puts Shanghai’s small businesses on emotional roller-coaster as curbs loosened, infections surge

  • Beijing’s efforts to soften its anti-pandemic approach work like a double-edged sword for small businesses as infections temper optimism
  • Failure to tackle the pandemic in the coming months can deliver a fatal blow to businesses, CEO of a printing material firm says

People walk along Nanjing Pedestrian Road, a main shopping area in Shanghai in May 2021. Photo: Reuters
People walk along Nanjing Pedestrian Road, a main shopping area in Shanghai in May 2021. Photo: Reuters
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