Localized movement controls, transport disruptions continue in parts of China as of Feb. 11. Widespread business disruptions reported.

Severity: Critical Alert

This alert began 10 Feb 2020 19:35 GMT and is scheduled to expire 17 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Precautionary transport, movement, and gathering restrictions
  • Location(s): Mainland China (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions; transport restrictions; supply chain interruptions

Summary
As of Feb. 11, officials have continued enforcing localized transport, movement, and quarantine measures in parts of mainland China to prevent the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Authorities continue to impose stringent restrictions effectively banning all outbound travel from Hubei Province. Additionally, officials in several locations outside Hubei Province have required residents to remain in their homes, and are limiting movement in public to one person per household once every two days to facilitate purchases of essential goods. Municipal authorities have implemented such restrictions in parts of Harbin, Zhumadian, Nanjing, Jiaxing, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Xuzhou, and Fuzhou. Furthermore, officials in most large cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, have implemented measures to register the movement and location of residents by conducting identification checks and health screenings at residential complexes. Central government officials are allowing some discretion at the municipal level in terms of implementing localized movement controls. The duration, geographic range, and severity of movement restrictions will likely depend on the extent of the 2019-nCoV outbreak in various areas, along with the perceived political and economic interests of Chinese authorities.

The Chinese New Year holiday period officially ended Feb. 10, and local authorities have restarted operations at some industrial facilities. However, many nonessential industries have delayed reopening until Feb. 17 or March 1. Schools are indefinitely delaying reopening following the holiday period. Numerous businesses throughout the country are restricting operating hours and implementing work-from-home policies. Nonessential goods are likely to experience supply chain disruptions. Authorities will continue deploying additional security forces to enforce localized movement restrictions and other precautionary measures. Incidents of localized civil unrest are possible.

As of Feb. 11, officials across mainland China continue to suspend operations at most tourism, leisure, and religious gathering venues, along with implementing mandatory temperature checks and other health screenings at transportation hubs, college campuses, and highway toll booths. Health screenings are increasing passenger clearance times at airports, train stations, and subway stations. Most cities are requiring people to wear face masks in public.

Several national governments, including those of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Turkey, have advised citizens to postpone nonessential travel to all parts of mainland China due to concerns about the 2019-nCoV outbreak and associated movement restrictions. Numerous governments have also indefinitely banned Chinese nationals and/or foreign nationals who have recently visited China from entering their countries. Many international airlines have suspended services to and from China due to health concerns and significantly decreased demand.

Advice
Consider postponing nonessential travel to mainland China due to the possibility of additional internal and international movement controls. Follow all official instructions and closely monitor official announcements on any additional precautionary restrictions. To the extent possible, avoid crowded areas as a precaution. Confirm all travel and business reservations. Allow additional travel time for screenings at airports, train stations, and other transport hubs. Make allowances for likely supply chain and other business disruptions.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.