Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials lower COVID-19 response level, further ease restrictions in Beijing, China, as of July 21. Movement controls remain for one area.

  • Alert Begins: 21 Jul 2020 03:15 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 27 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

Summary
Authorities in Beijing downgraded the risk level for Huaxiang subdistrict, Fengtai District, to low, the afternoon of July 20 following more than two weeks of no community coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission. As of July 21, all neighborhoods in the capital are low risk. Officials have also lowered the emergency response to Level III, the second-lowest level.

The government is allowing businesses - including markets - and cultural and tourist attractions to reopen. Meeting events of up to 500 people may take place. Officials require residents to wear masks in all public areas and temperature checks to use public transport. Authorities will ensure companies follow social distancing precautions, including the use of masks and other protective equipment and temperature checks for employees. Officials have also implemented stringent checks on incoming food goods at points of entry. Venues such as libraries, museums and galleries, and public parks, can now accommodate patrons up to 50 percent of capacity; an online reservation system to enter such sites remains in place. The government plans to reopen sporting events, performance venues, and cinemas on a gradual basis.

Officials are allowing travelers to enter Beijing from other areas of the country. Residents of low-risk subdistricts in Beijing are also free to travel to and from the capital without proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Authorities have lifted roadblocks on main exit routes from the city. However, several provincial and municipality governments may continue to require travelers from Beijing to submit a negative COVID-19 test result within seven days of travel and/or undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Travel demand is likely to rebound in the coming days, though flight delays and rail transport disruptions remain possible.

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. Confirm all travel reservations; consider deferring nonessential travel to and from Beijing. Plan for supply chain and delivery delays due to increased inspections.


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