Chinese New Year is a significant travel period for many Chinese citizens to return home and celebrate the new year.
Usually, the period marks the largest migration in the world with many returning for an extended holiday.
However, amidst the on-going pandemic and domestic COVID-19 breakouts,
the Chinese government encourages only necessary travel during the Chinese New Year.
Provincial and municipal governments across China have also issued local travel restrictions for individuals entering in.
For employers, such travel restrictions and unpredictable breakouts can directly impact business operations after the holidays.
Specifically, China has assigned low, medium, and high-risk levels to areas
including roads and districts within cities, cities, and provinces depending on the current situation.
Equally, provincial, and municipal governments have issued local travel
restrictions for individuals traveling from or through high or medium risk areas.
For example, under the ‘Spring Festival pandemic prevention and safety fifty questions’ issued by Shanghai Municipal government,
individuals traveling from or through high-risk areas are subject to mandatory central observation quarantine and two nucleic tests.
Whilst those traveling from or through medium-risk areas are subject to 14 days of strict community health management and two nucleic tests.
Therefore, employers should keep abreast of the latest local travel restrictions and risk areas.
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