The goal of the guidelines is to achieve closed-loop management while ensuring risk control, in order to facilitate companies' return to work and production, and to ensure the safety and stability of the supply chain.

Shanghai issues guidelines to help firms return to work amid Covid fight-CnEVPost

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Shanghai has issued guidelines to help companies in the city return to work under Covid prevention and control, three weeks after it entered lockdown.

The Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization today released the first version of the guidelines to balance Covid prevention and control with economic and social development.

The goal of the guidelines is to achieve closed-loop management while ensuring risk control, to facilitate the resumption of work and production, and to ensure the safety and stability of the industrial chain and supply chain.

The guidelines require companies to develop an emergency response plan and in the event of an emergency situation, the spread of Covid must be controlled to the maximum extent possible to ensure in safe production.

The government of each district as well as the industry park managers should actively support companies to resume work and production, and provide services for Covid detection and treatment of medical waste, according to the guidelines.

The guidelines provide detailed requirements for workplace management and company employee management around Covid prevention and control, including daily PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and prohibiting unnecessary gathering activities.

If you need to know the details of the guidelines, you can view them here (in Chinese):

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/MUE-REGpt4XdLM-uwuB0RA

With the release of the guidelines, Shanghai is expected to see more companies resume production, as Covid controls leading to significant pressure in areas including the automotive industry.

Production at Tesla's plant in the city has been suspended since Shanghai went into a phased lockdown from March 28 until now.

Tesla is recalling its workers in Shanghai and preparing to resume production initially as soon as next week, Bloomberg said earlier today, citing people familiar with the matter.

The company told some employees Friday that it will enter a so-called "closed-loop" production system on April 17, under which workers will live on-site and undergo regular testing, according to the report.

SAIC is conducting an internal assessment to launch the resumption of production and will start stress tests on April 18, Sina Tech said on Friday, citing a document.

It comes as businessmen including XPeng Motors (NYSE: XPEV, HKG: 9868) Chairman and CEO He Xiaopeng and Richar Yu, CEO of Huawei's consumer business and CEO of smart car BU, warned Shanghai lockdown would deal a serious blow to the auto industry if it continues.

Tesla's Shanghai plant will enter closed-loop production on April 17, report says

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