Chinese Cities and Provinces Delay Return to Work Due to Virus

(Bloomberg) -- The following Chinese cities and provinces have pushed back the resumption of most businesses and schools to help contain the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The Lunar New Year holiday is due to officially end on Feb. 2.

  • Shanghai, Chongqing, the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia and provinces of Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Hebei, Henan, Anhui, Fujian, Yunnan, Shandong and Jiangxi have said businesses need not start operations until at least Feb. 10
  • Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, has said the holiday will last until at least Feb. 14
  • Beijing said companies should let employees work from home until Feb. 9. It added this would not apply to those working for public utilities and companies providing daily essentials.
  • Tianjin urged schools and companies, with the exception of public utilities, companies involved in prevention and control of the outbreak, and those providing daily necessities, to not resume until further notice.
  • NOTE: China said Monday it will extend the holiday, originally due to end on Jan. 30, to Feb. 2 because of the virus outbreak

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