The post-covid trading floor is here - with buffet lunches, no masks

Morning commuters wear protective masks inside a Shanghai subway station, Oct. 9. Foto: Bloomberg/Qilai Shen

On the trading floor at Bank of Communications Co.'s $164 billion wealth management unit in Shanghai, traces of the worst pandemic in a century are hard to find.

All of the firm's traders have commuted to work on a recent Friday morning, sitting about two feet from one another in an open-plan office. None wears a mask. At noon, with Chinese exchanges shut for lunch, the group heads downstairs to the bank's canteen for a buffet-style meal...

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