After making sure everyone's face mask is on and sanitizer is to hand, the Qiao family (below) heads out to Jingshan Park, a former royal sanctuary beside the Forbidden City in China's capital Beijing.
Businesses, including shops, bars and restaurants, have been severely hit by the epidemic as the government has banned mass gatherings and even group meals in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
"You would have to wait outside for a table in a normal day," said a waitress at a restaurant with more than 50 tables. Just five were taken at the peak lunch hour.
Only a handful of the more than 100 restaurants along Beijing's famous food street, Guijie, were open, and the remaining outlets are wondering how long they can hold out.
PHOTO EDITING GABRIELLE FONSECA JOHNSON; TEXT EDITING DAVID CLARKE