Shenzhen’s controls range from cards to scanners

Many communities in Shenzhen have launched their own “epidemic prevention and control methods.” They range in scale and complexity, and also give an insight into how the city’s neighborhoods are run. 

Some are generous. In Futian, they include deliveries of gym equipment and children’s books. In Nanshan, they use robots for meal delivery at the hi-tech park. 

Others are a bit more restrictive. Some neighborhood committees have installed remote-controlled locks on people’s doors, and have set up dozens of checkpoints which can only be accessed with special QR codes. A few use old-fashioned methods, such as loudspeakers and cameras.

Here are some samples: 

Futian: “Warm Gifts”

The city’s financial district, probably the city’s richest, has gone all-out to make its residents feel welcome and comfortable at home, according to local media. Its campaign is called “10 Warm Gifts”. These include VIP monthly cards, fitness equipment, children’s gifts, best-selling books, sharing activities, a relief hotline, a dedicated delivery worker, a financial subsidy and a pot of green plants. At the same time, it has launched the “Futian District Tiktok short video competition” to keep its more creative residents engaged.

Longhua’s Dalang Street: Color-coded cards

Here is an example of a typical neighborhood that has installed checkpoints and strictly monitors how people go in and out. Dalang Street uses special cards to identify residents and control their access. Red is for those with abnormal symptoms, such as fever, who are being isolated at home; yellow is for those isolated at home but who have no abnormal symptoms for 14 days after having arrived in Shenzhen from a trip outside. These two are strictly forbidden to go out, and the community provides purchase and delivery services. Blue is for people who are not employed outside the home: they are allowed in and out once every second day. Green is for office workers: they can get in and out once a day. 

Longhua’s Guanhu Street: Smart doors

Guanhu Street is a community that took the lead in using “smart doors” with magnetic devices, effectively forming a “compulsory electronic fence”. It provides data to neighborhood officials about residents’ movements, and can be used to both open and close the apartments remotely if needed.

Baoan’s Xinqiao Street: Temporary access cards

This home control system runs on a smartphone app and helps officials monitor the movements of residents, so that if they violate their restrictions they can be apprehended. The street has no fewer than 595 quarantine points that residents need to scan QR codes to access, provding they share their info about temperature, movements, etc. 

Nanshan’s Hi-Tech Park: Robot delivery

At present, 30 robots have been deployed as food-delivery assistants in the park, serving up 500-1000 meals per day. They have names, like “Sunshine” and “Candlelight”. They are run by a “Take out” function in the MyBay APP.

Luohu: UAV disinfection

In Luohu District, drones have been used to disinfect the greenbelt of Taojinshan. In addition, in order to avoid the gathering of tourists, the park in Luohu District has also closed scenic spots such as children’s amusement park and carried out comprehensive disinfection and sterilization twice or three times a day.

Pingshan’s Shijing: Monitoring cameras

This community has gone “old school”, using cameras to monitor residents at home. Officials are not heartless, however. They provide thermometers, toiletries and food, as well as agency services for shopping, express delivery, etc.

Nanshan’s Nantou: Spreading the word

Even more “old school” is Cai Yewen, a frontline epidemic-prevention worker in the Nantou community, who goes around trumpeting information to people in her area. She has written and recorded many voice notices for broadcast, providing warm tips and spreading information to improve residents’ knowledge of epidemic prevention and control measures.

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