Guangdong travel agencies given green light to resume cross-provincial tours

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Zhuhai, China

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The Guangdong Department of Culture and Tourism has granted permission for travel agencies in the province to resume cross-provincial tours in the latest easing of recently introduced COVID-19 restrictions.

Authorities had announced in early August that all travel agencies should suspend the organizing cross-provincial tours and receiving cross-provincial groups, while anyone who had been to medium-risk areas, high-risk areas, closed-off or control zones, or epidemic-related areas within 14 days was barred from signing up for intra-provincial or intra-city tours.

Those restrictions were in response to an outbreak of COVID-19 that had begun in Nanjing before spreading to at least 17 of Chinas provinces, including Guangdong Province. A family of four in Macau also tested positive on 3 August although a mass testing blitz of all Macau residents found no more positive cases.

On Tuesday, Guangdong Province rescinded its ban on cross-provincial tours, effective immediately, with the exception of tours to provinces still deemed to be medium or high risk. The Guangdong Department of Culture and Tourism added that, tours should be suspended to any provinces that emerge as medium or high risk in the future.

Mainland China reported four new cases of COVID on Wednesday, just a day after reporting no cases for the first time since July.