Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials tighten restrictions in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China, over COVID-19 concerns as of July 29. Transport, business disruptions.

  • Alert Begins: 29 Jul 2020 09:22 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 07 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Dalian, Liaoning Province (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, increased security

Summary
Authorities have further tightened transport and business restrictions in areas of Dalian, Liaoning Province, as of July 29, amid ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The local government has upgraded the alert level for the Dalianwan area to high risk, and strict movement controls, including business closures and stay-at-home orders, are possible in the area. Authorities have designated four other locations, including Gongong Village on Xianglujiao Street, Shengbin Community and Yangjia Village on Zhanqian Street, and Taoyuan Community on Xianqian Street, as medium-risk neighborhoods. People living in medium-risk neighborhoods face registration requirements and temperature checks and must use health verification codes to enter communities. Officials are preventing residents in high- and medium-risk areas from departing the city. Authorities have also encouraged all other Dalian residents to limit travel, and people must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within seven days of departure.

The government has closed kindergartens, cinemas, cafes, indoor sports venues, museums, and tourist sites throughout Dalian as a precaution. The government has suspended at least 99 bus routes to affected areas of the city. Authorities are requiring a negative COVID-19 test result before using Dalian Metro's Line 3; Dalianwan Station on the line is closed. Additional transport restrictions are possible 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 parts of 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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