SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Authorities in Shanghai will lift the city’s two-month lockdown from midnight on Wednesday, allowing private cars, including taxis, to return to the roads and people to freely enter and exit low-risk housing complexes.

Bus and rail transportation will also resume basic operations from June 1, including a ferry that connects districts separated by the city’s Huangpu River, the Shanghai city government said in a statement on its WeChat official account.

“The epidemic situation in our city has been effectively brought under control and the situation continues to improve,” he said in his statement. People will still be required to wear masks, discouraged from gathering and encouraged to get vaccinated, he added.

Shanghai imposed a citywide lockdown on its 25 million people on April 1 to combat the spread of COVID-19, demanding tough measures that sparked widespread public anger over issues such as overcrowded quarantine centres, difficulties in accessing food and loss of income.

It had in recent weeks relaxed some curbs, but most of the public transport network remained closed and people could only drive if they had obtained prior authorisation.

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(Reporting by Brenda Goh and the Beijing Newsroom; editing by Toby Chopra)

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