Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials lower COVID-19 response level, further ease restrictions in Beijing, China, as of July 20. Movement controls remain for one area.

  • Alert Begins: 20 Jul 2020 04:17 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

Authorities in Beijing have lowered the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emergency response to Level III as of July 20, following more than two weeks of no community transmission. As of July 20, the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention is only designating the Huaxiang subdistrict, Fengtai District, as medium risk. People living in medium-risk neighborhoods face registration requirements, temperature checks, and must use health verification codes to enter communities. Residents of medium-risk areas cannot leave Beijing. All other neighborhoods in the capital are low risk.

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.

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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