Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials further easing measures in Beijing, China, as of July 14, amid reduced COVID-19 activity. Movement controls remain in seven areas.

  • Alert Begins: 14 Jul 2020 07:08 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 21 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 continue to ease restrictions in many areas of Beijing as of July 14 amid reduced coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention has downgraded Huaxiang subdistrict in Fengtai District to medium risk, eliminating all high-risk areas in the capital. As of July 14, the city is classifying seven subdistricts 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. Officials have downgraded more than 60 subdistricts across the city to low risk since the outbreak began.

The government has closed dozens of markets, suspended in-person classes at schools, and reimposed restrictions on gatherings and business operations in the capital. Restrictions are less severe in low-risk neighborhoods, and some markets and other providers have reopened. Authorities indicated that they could further lift controls in the coming days. However, the government is likely to maintain a 30 percent capacity limit at libraries, museums and galleries, and public parks, as well as an online reservation system to enter such sites. The government has encouraged companies to allow employees to work from home, if possible. Employees that must work on-site must wear masks and use other protective equipment.

Officials are allowing travelers to enter Beijing from other areas of the country. Authorities previously lifted a requirement for city residents of low-risk subdistricts to receive a negative COVID-19 test before leaving the capital. However, several provincial and municipality governments 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 restrictions for outbound travelers from Beijing could continue to depress demand and affect flight operations at Beijing Capital International (PEK) and Beijing Daxing International (PKX) airports. Flight and rail operations will likely continue to normalize in the coming days, though some intercity 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. Make allowances for likely domestic travel restrictions if operating in the city.

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