Shanghai municipal government released a guideline on April 16 to facilitate local industrial companies to restart production as the majority of the city has been under a lockdown since early April to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. According to Chinese media Caixin, 666 companies in the key industries are waiting to restart production. The companies are in the industries of semiconductor, auto manufacturing, equipment manufacturing, and biomedicine. The guideline asked manufacturers to submit operational plans to the government before producing again. Companies with proper management plans in place will be allowed to restart as long as they do so under strict anti-covid countermeasures, such as limiting employees’ movements and ensuring all staff wears KN95 masks in areas that are still facing covid-related restrictions. [SMCEI statement, in Chinese]