Chinese city of Chongqing shortens mall hours due to heat-induced power shortages

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The Chinese city of Chongqing is shortening the opening hours of its malls from Monday due to an “urgent” power supply situation caused by a recent heatwave, the government said in a notice dated August 21.

The measures mean dozens of shopping malls in districts across the southwestern city must adjust their business hours to 4-9 p.m. (0800-1300 GMT) to “ensure the safe and orderly supply of power and ensure the basic needs of the masses,” the Chongqing Economic And Information Commission said.

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The measures will continue until further word from the authorities based on the temperature and supply and demand situation, the notice said.

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