Officials maintain movement controls, transport disruptions in parts of China as of Feb. 19. Widespread business disruptions continue.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 18 Feb 2020 17:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

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

Summary
As of Feb. 19, authorities are continuing to enforce localized transport and movement restrictions, as well as quarantine measures in parts of mainland China to prevent the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Stringent restrictions effectively banning all outbound travel from Hubei Province remain in effect. Additionally, officials in several locations outside Hubei Province require residents to remain in their homes and limit their 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 Haikou. 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. The central government is 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 COVID-19 outbreak in various areas, along with the perceived political and economic interests of Chinese authorities.

Operations have restarted at some industrial facilities; however, many nonessential industries have delayed reopening. Workers in many factories are required to undergo 14-day home quarantines before resuming normal schedules, further delaying the resumption of normal industrial production. Schools are indefinitely delaying reopening, with online classes implemented in many areas. Numerous businesses throughout the country are restricting operating hours and implementing work-from-home policies. Some nonessential goods are experiencing 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.

Operations remain suspended at most tourism, leisure, and religious gathering venues across mainland China, along with mandatory temperature checks and other health screenings continuing 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 COVID-19 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.

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