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Beijing to adjust working hours for Olympics
14/7/2008 9:26

The Beijing municipal government said yesterday that the city's state-owned enterprises (SOEs), institutions and social groups should adjust their working hours from July 20 to Sept. 20 to avoid traffic jams.

A notice issued by the municipal government said that, except for schools and institutions that provide essential services, SOEs should operate from 9 am to 5 pm.

Large shopping centers should open at 10 am and stay open later in the evening.

Other institutions should operate from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Government departments won't alter their hours, the notice said.

The notice also encouraged institutions to handle business online if possible and arrange flex-time arrangements where feasible.