Chinese authorities institute precautionary measures at public venues nationwide over novel coronavirus concerns as of Jan. 25.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 24 Jan 2020 22:22 GMT and is scheduled to expire 04 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Precautionary restrictions at public venues
  • Location(s): Mainland China (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions; possible travel disruptions

As of Jan. 25, Chinese officials have canceled numerous Lunar New Year events and suspended operations at many tourism, leisure, and religious gathering venues across the country as a precaution to prevent the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Affected venues include the Forbidden City in Beijing and Shanghai Disneyland. Officials have also decreed that passengers are allowed full refunds from Jan. 24 if canceling domestic rail, airline, long-distance bus, or ferry tickets. Similarly, several international airlines are allowing ticketed passengers to change planned itineraries for direct flights to airports in China.

It is unclear how long precautionary restrictions on public gatherings will remain in effect; however, relaxation of the measures will likely depend on the intensity and duration of the 2019-nCoV outbreak. As of early Jan. 25, stringent outbound movement restrictions have only been imposed on Wuhan and other cities in central China's Hubei Province. However, further business and transport restrictions could be imposed in additional areas in the coming days, especially in communities near Hubei Province.

Follow all official instructions and closely monitor official announcements on any additional precautionary restrictions. Consider avoiding crowded areas as a precaution. Confirm travel and business reservations.

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