Beijing raises COVID-19 emergency response level to II from III

Beijing raised its COVID-19 emergency response to Level 2 from Level 3, reinstating closed managements on communities, requiring people to have temperatures taken, register, and check health codes before entry. Communities, sub-districts, streets in high/middle risk areas would ban outsiders and cars from entering; and communities of high risk sub-districts would have closed-off management, allowing no one to leave. 

Chen Bei, deputy secretary-general of the Beijing municipal government, announced the decision at a press conference on Tuesday night, noting the capital’s situation is still grim.

Under the COVID-19 emergency level 2, underground cold places in Beijing will be closed. Other public places such as libraries, museums, art galleries and parks will implement time-limited reservations with visitor traffic no higher than 30 percent. 

Many inter-provincial bus routes linking to Beijing’s airports are now suspended. And people from medium and high-risk areas and personnel related to Xinfadi wholesale market are prohibited from leaving Beijing, Chen said.

On-campus classes for all primary, middle, high school and university students will be suspended from Wednesday to curb the spread of the virus as soon as possible. 

Under the Level 2 emergency response, working from home is encouraged, while normal work and production will not be halted, Chen said, requiring people to wear masks in enclosed places.

The most resolute, decisive and strict measures will be taken to contain the spread of the virus, another government official said.

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