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Health Alert – Beijing City Air Quality Alert, October 30, 2023
October 30, 2023

Severity: Moderate

Type: Environmental 

EVENT: This is a notification that the Beijing City Government has issued an “orange” alert for air pollution effective from 12:00 Monday, October 30 until 24:00 Thursday, November 2. An “orange” alert means that official forecasts indicate Beijing’s Air Quality Index (AQI) will exceed 200 for two consecutive days or 150 for three consecutive days. The alert may be extended if air pollution levels persist.

During an “orange” alert, some businesses may reduce operations.

ACTIONS TO TAKE: The U.S. EPA recommends people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and teenagers limit or avoid outdoor physical activity when the AQI level exceeds 200. It recommends everyone avoid outdoor exertion if the AQI level exceeds 300.

U.S. Embassy Beijing air monitor data and more information are available at https://www.airnow.gov/international/us-embassies-and-consulates/#China$Beijing

Beijing City air quality alerts and more information are available – in Chinese only – at http://www.bjmemc.com.cn

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