Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Chinese officials further tighten movement controls in parts of Jilin Province May 18 over COVID-19 concerns. Additional measures possible.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Harbin, Heilongjiang Province
  • Changchun-Jilin, Jilin Province

This alert began 18 May 2020 15:42 GMT and is scheduled to expire 31 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Jilin City and Shulan, Jilin Province (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased security

Authorities have further tightened movement controls in parts of Jilin Province from May 18 in response to an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region. From May 18, residents of Shulan are required to stay within their homes at all times, with only one person per household allowed in public once every two days to purchase essential items. Gathering and movement controls are also in place in Jilin City, where entertainment and tourist venues remain closed, and nonessential gatherings are banned. Authorities maintain temperature screenings at the entrances to apartment buildings in Jilin City and are preventing nonresidents from entering. Anyone wishing to leave Jilin City is required to undergo a nucleic acid test and self-quarantine before travel. Passenger train services to and from both Jilin City and Shulan have been suspended. Officials may further extend movement and business restrictions to nearby locations in Jilin Province, and possibly adjacent areas of Heilongjiang Province, in the coming days. Jilin City is located approximately 98 km (61 miles) east of Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province. Shulan is located about 70 km (43 miles) northeast of Jilin City.

The measures will continue to prompt significant transport, business, and supply chain disruptions in Jilin City, Shulan County, and possibly in adjacent areas. Security personnel have deployed to enforce movement restrictions and conduct temperature and identification checks. It remains unclear how long the restrictions will remain in effect; however, officials have reportedly scheduled rail transport service suspensions to continue in Shulan County through at least May 31.

Follow all official instructions. Remain polite and nonconfrontational if questioned by security personnel. Avoid crowded areas as a precaution. Stock up on essential supplies whenever possible. Confirm travel reservations in Jilin City and nearby areas. If possible, postpone travel to the region until authorities lift movement restrictions.

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