Many cities in six provinces and regions as of Monday have adopted a flexible weekend policy, or 2.5-day weekend, to boost consumption and
tourism as the COVID-19 outbreak has been largely controlled in the
These cities are in Hubei, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Anhui and Gansu
provinces, as well as the Inner Mongolia autonomous region. Yichang,
Central China's Hubei province, became the latest city to carry out the
policy on Monday.
In 2015, the State Council, China's cabinet, issued a guideline to
encourage introduction of flexible weekend policies to boost tourism,
but few cities implemented then. However, the pandemic has provided new
motivation for the measure.
According to regulations in relevant cities, employees in Party
organs, government departments, State-owned enterprises and public
institutions will be allowed to leave work at noon on Fridays.
The new measures will be put in place in cities such as Yichang of
Hubei province and Shengzhou of Zhejiang province from July to the end
of the year, and Hulun Buir of Inner Mongolia between June 10 and Sept
Employees who enjoy the 2.5-day weekend should work longer on other
workdays to fulfill the standard requirement for weekly working hours.