Several areas in China impose quarantines on travelers from South Korea, Japan, Italy, and Iran as of March 5. Further controls continue.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 04 Mar 2020 19:56 GMT and is scheduled to expire 26 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Precautionary transport, movement, and gathering restrictions
  • Location(s): Mainland China (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions; supply chain interruptions

Summary
Chinese authorities in multiple municipalities and provinces have imposed mandatory 14-day quarantines on travelers arriving from Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan to prevent the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) following reports of internationally imported cases. As of March 5, such measures have been introduced by officials in Beijing, Shanghai, Shandong, Liaoning, Hainan, Jilin, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Ningxia, Hunan, Shaanxi, and parts of Heilongjiang. Officials are also conducting health screenings, including body temperature scans, on all inbound passengers from international locations at ports of entry nationwide. Chinese authorities may impose additional control measures on inbound international travel in the coming days and weeks.

As of March 5, authorities are continuing to enforce localized transport and movement restrictions, as well as quarantine measures in parts of mainland China to prevent the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While movement controls have gradually been eased in most locations, stringent restrictions effectively banning all outbound travel from Hubei Province remain in effect. Previous measures imposed in multiple cities outside of Hubei requiring residents to remain in their homes and limit their movement in public to one person per household once every two days have been lifted. Nevertheless, most large cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, have continued monitoring the movement and location of residents by conducting identification checks and health screenings at residential complexes. The duration, geographic range, and severity of movement restrictions will likely depend on the extent of the COVID-19 outbreak in various areas, along with the perceived political and economic interests of Chinese authorities.

Production has restarted many industrial facilities outside of Hubei Province; however, significant supply chain and other business disruptions continue in many locations. Schools are indefinitely delaying reopening, with online classes implemented in numerous areas. Many businesses continue to restrict operating hours and implementing work-from-home policies.

Operations remain suspended at most tourism, leisure, and religious gathering venues across mainland China, along with mandatory temperature checks and other health screenings continuing at transportation hubs, college campuses, and highway toll booths. Health screenings are increasing passenger clearance times at airports, train stations, and subway stations. Most local governments are requiring people to wear face masks in public.

Several national governments, including those of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Turkey, have advised citizens to postpone nonessential travel to all parts of mainland China due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and associated movement restrictions. Numerous governments have also indefinitely banned Chinese nationals and/or foreign nationals who have recently visited China from entering their countries. Many international airlines have suspended services to and from China due to health concerns and significantly decreased demand.

Advice
Consider postponing nonessential travel to mainland China due to the possibility of additional internal and international movement controls. Follow all official instructions and closely monitor official announcements on any additional precautionary restrictions. To the extent possible, avoid crowded areas as a precaution. Confirm all travel and business reservations. Allow additional travel time for screenings at airports, train stations, and other transport hubs. Make allowances for likely supply chain and other business disruptions.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.

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