The Shanghai Center for Health Promotion has issued a COVID-19 prevention and control alert for people traveling for the Spring Festival holiday next month, letting them know what they should do before, during and after traveling. Here are the main points:
You must have a negative nucleic acid test within seven days prior to leaving Shanghai.
After arriving at your destination, report to local authorities and undertake a 14-day at-home health observation; during that time, you are not allowed to participate in social gatherings. Note: some cities and provinces have stricter rules.
Follow local disease-control policies and avoid medium- and high-risk regions; nucleic acid tests every seven days are required by many local authorities.
Keep records of all public transportation taken during trips; online ticket reservations are also recommended.
Avoid touching things in public and avoid eating and drinking on public transit.
Be vigilant about wearing masks and travel with extras; change masks every four hours and once they get damaged or dirty.
If driving, avoid medium- and high-risk regions and maintain good ventilation.
If you develop symptoms like coughing and fever, or are close to those who do, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Those coming to Shanghai from medium- and high-risk areas will be screened by districts, subdistricts, neighborhoods or village committees when they arrive; those from high-risk regions will undergo a 14-day central quarantine and must take two nucleic acid tests; those from medium-risk regions will undergo a 14-day quarantine at home and must take two nucleic acid tests.
The government has, however, appealed to people not to travel at all over the Chinese New Year period due to new COVID-19 outbreaks.
Please note, the above rules may well be subject to change in the coming days and weeks – follow us on WeChat for regular updates:
[Cover image via Xinhua]