Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials easing restrictions in parts of Beijing, China, as of July 7 amid reduced COVID-19 activity. Movement controls remain in 20 areas.

  • Alert Begins: 07 Jul 2020 09:08 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 15 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Beijing (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased security

Authorities have begun to ease restrictions in many areas of Beijing as of July 7 amid reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention has downgraded 54 subdistricts in Chaoyang, Fengtai, Haidian, and Xicheng districts of the city to low risk. As of July 7, officials are only designating Huaxiang subdistrict in Fengtai as high risk, and strict movement controls remain in place for the area. Authorities have classified seven subdistricts in Fengtai, eight subdistricts in Daxing District, three subdistricts in Haidian District, one subdistrict in Xicheng District, and one subdistrict in Changping District as medium risk. People living in medium-risk neighborhoods face registration requirements, temperature checks, and must use health verification codes to enter communities. Residents of medium- and high-risk areas cannot leave Beijing.

The government has closed dozens of markets and suspended in-person classes at schools and reimposed restrictions on gatherings and business operations in the capital. However, authorities will likely ease such measures in low-risk neighborhoods. Officials have reduced capacity limits at libraries, museums and galleries, and public parks to 30 percent; patrons must still reserve space online to enter the sites. The government has encouraged companies to allow employees to work from home, if possible. Employees that must work on-site must wear masks and use other protective equipment.

Officials lifted a requirement for residents of low-risk areas to receive a negative COVID-19 test before leaving the capital July 3, triggering a surge in travel bookings. However, it is unclear if authorities have yet eased a ban on tour groups departing the municipality. The government previously canceled bus services between Beijing and surrounding areas and banned taxi transport from Beijing to Tianjin and Hebei; officials could ease these restrictions in the coming days. The travel restrictions prompted airlines to cancel hundreds of flights at Beijing Capital International (PEK) and Beijing Daxing International (PKX) airports. Flight and rail operations will likely increase in the coming days; however, some transport disruptions remain possible, as provincial and municipality governments could continue to require travelers from Beijing to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Avoid crowded areas as a precaution. Stock up on essential supplies. Confirm all travel reservations; consider deferring nonessential travel to and from Beijing. Make allowances for likely domestic travel restrictions if operating in the city.

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