Beijing first ever ‘red alert’ issued

by Chia Lee

Officials in Beijing declared Monday evening the smog “red alert,” referring to the highest warning level on the air pollution monitor.

The announcement came around 6:30 p.m. Monday, stating certain limits that will be placed on Beijing residents.

Beginning on Tuesday at 8 a.m. and lasting until noon on Thursday, schools and companies will be closed accordingly, and cars will be allowed to drive only on alternate days, depending on their license plate numbers. High-polluting factories and construction sites will also have to cease operations.

It is the first time ever China announced red alert warning for pollution, as thick smog was projected to be blanketing its capital.

The government also recommends residents to stay in and avoid outdoor activities.

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