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Shutdown: The Coronavirus

Seafood markets in China lose business over new COVID-19 scare

Seafood market in Sichuan, China. Photo by Bohao Liu

Like many other seafood markets in China, Qing Shi Qiao in Sichuan has launched coronavirus testing for the workers and environmental samples because the coronavirus was detected on a salmon cutting board in Beijing’s Xinfadi market.

About 1,200 miles away from Beijing, the reopening in Sichuan was promising. But the salmon cutting board news hits the seafood markets and restaurants hard.

“The restaurant was still full on Saturday, but we only have several tables tonight,” said Lyu, the owner of  the market’s Fude Hao Seafood Restaurant.

 Now all sellers at Qing Shi Qiao must  tell customers the imported types of seafood on sale. Salmon is temporarily removed from the stock in the markets. 

Seafood market in the evening. Photo by Bohao Liu

An empty seafood table. Photo by Bohao Liu

Seafood in the restaurant. Photo by Bohao Liu

A waitress stands outside an empty restaurant. Photo by Bohao Liu

“Declared. June 15, 2020” All sellers must declare the types of seafood on sale. Photo by Bohao Liu

Sellers in a seafood market in Sichuan, China. Photo by Bohao Liu

A crab sits in a tank inside an empty seafood restaurant. Photo by Bohao Liu

An empty seafood restaurant. Photo by Bohao Liu

Full tank, empty restaurant. Photo by Bohao Liu


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