Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Chinese officials introduce business restrictions in Dalian, Liaoning Province, over COVID-19 concerns. Travel disruptions possible.

  • Alert Begins: 23 Jul 2020 08:25 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 30 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 localized controls and business restrictions in Dalian, Liaoning Province, from July 24 over coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns. The restrictions were imposed 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. Officials have closed cinemas, cafes, indoor sports venues, museums, and tourist sites throughout Dalian as a precaution. Authorities have also called on residents to suspend nonessential travel outside the city. 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 prepare for mass testing.

Transport controls such as suspension of public transport systems or outbound travel may be announced at short notice. 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
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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