Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Chinese officials impose travel restrictions, additional gathering controls in Dalian, Liaoning Province, July 24 over COVID-19 concerns.

  • Alert Begins: 24 Jul 2020 05:22 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Dalian (map)
  • Start Time/Date: July 24
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
Authorities have introduced travel controls and expanded business restrictions in Dalian, Liaoning Province, as of late July 24 over coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns. Officials are requiring residents who wish to leave the city to provide negative COVID-19 test results, taken within seven days, before traveling outside the city. Residents are also required to have recent negative COVID-19 test results before taking Line 3 of the Dalian Metro system. Officials have closed kindergartens, cinemas, cafes, indoor sports venues, museums, and tourist sites throughout Dalian as a precaution. The Dalianwan and Xianglujiao neighborhoods have been designated as "medium-risk" areas; nonresidents are barred from visiting residential compounds in the specified communities as authorities conduct mass testing. Several bus lines have alerted their routes, suspending services near Dalianwan and Xianglujiao.

Additional transport controls may be announced at short notice in the coming days. Security personnel have deployed to enforce movement restrictions and conduct temperature and identification checks. Control measures will likely prompt business disruptions in Dalian in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
Restrictions were imposed in Dalian from July 23 after several cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the city. The cases were the first reported incidents of community transmission in Dalian since March and are linked to a large seafood market in the city. Following the initial outbreak in Wuhan in January, Chinese authorities have been extremely proactive in introducing localized gathering and transport controls in response to COVID-19 cases. Restrictions were imposed in Beijing from mid-June after several dozen cases were discovered in the city. Controls in Beijing gradually began to ease in subsequent weeks, as authorities conducted mass testing to identify and isolate new cases.

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


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