Chaos erupted at an Ikea store in Shanghai over the weekend after local authorities tried to impose a surprise lockdown with shoppers still inside due to possible COVID-19 exposure.
Video Author Fang Shimin shared online And others showed that authorities were able to close the doors for Ikea shoppers to leave the store on Saturday.
There was a rush to exit after an announcement at an IKEA store that officials would close the store and not allow anyone in or out.
At one point, a large group of shoppers physically overpowered officers who tried to lock them inside.
Those who could not get out were trapped inside for more than four hours before being moved to a nearby hotel for quarantine. Bloomberg reportedCiting an eyewitness account on Chinese social media.
State health officials in Shanghai later confirmed that they had implemented “temporary control measures” at the Ikea store and some surrounding areas. The lockdown began after authorities learned that a six-year-old boy who had been shopping at an IKEA store had come into contact with an asymptomatic case of Covid-19.
According to Bloomberg, Zhao Dandan, deputy director of the Shanghai Health Commission, said shopkeepers trapped inside would be forced into two days of onsite quarantine followed by five days of health monitoring.
The Ikea location in Shanghai was closed until Monday and was expected to reopen on Tuesday, the company said in a statement. The post has been reached out to Ikea for further comment.
China has implemented controversial “Zero COVID” measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Residents of Shanghai and other cities have faced sporadic lockdowns for months. At one point earlier this year, Shanghai was in lockdown for two months, with local residents unable to leave their homes.
The video was circulated on social media in May Workers revolt at an Apple supplier’s factory In Shanghai due to lockdown. The factory was one of several facilities that adopted a “closed loop” system in which employees were forced to work, eat and sleep on site or in nearby “bubbles”.
Beijing has faced widespread criticism for its tough approach to the virus. Earlier this month, Twitter co-founder Dr Jack Dorsey Tweets “End CCP” – a reference to the Chinese Communist Party – while sharing a CNN report detailing strict “zero covid” regulations in Beijing.
Measures include mandatory COVID-19 testing with color-coded access to public areas depending on results, as well as health tracking apps that have raised fears of government surveillance.